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Auburn driver accused of going 70 mph before pursuit with deputy

Sheriff Brian Schenck reports the arrest of a 20-year-old Auburn resident following a pursuit in Cayuga County earlier this week.

On Monday, around 7:06 p.m. a road patrol deputy was stopped at the intersection of Brookside Drive and Grant Avenue in Auburn when a white passenger vehicle passed through it at a high rate of speed.

The deputy estimated that the vehicle was traveling 70 miles per hour through the intersection, while other vehicle occupied lanes of traffic.

Schenck says the deputy activated his overhead lights, cleared the intersection and proceeded to intercept the speeding vehicle, which failed to comply with police.

A short pursuit resulted, according to Schenck. During the pursuit, the deputy observed numerous traffic infractions, which included reckless driving, and actions that endangered the public.

The driver was eventually stopped on Miller Road in the Town of Sennett.

Schenck identified the driver as 20-year-old Devon P. Smigliani, of Auburn, who was found to have a suspended driver’s license.

He was charged with reckless endangerment, a felony; unlawfully fleeing a police officer; aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving, speed in zone, failure to comply with a police order, driving to left of pavement markings, unsafe lane change, illegal use of center lane, failure to use designated lane, failure to signal, and failure to notify DMV of address change.

Smigliani was held on $2,500 cash bail. The charges will be answered at a later date.


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