Friday, April 8, 2016

State Police: Steuben County man arrested after fleeing from troopers

New York State Police stationed in Bath report the arrest of Wendell Draper II, 52, of 8 S. Main St. in the village of Wayland in connection to a series of events that took place the evening of April 07, 2016. State Police Investigator Jeremy Hagadone said in a press statement that while troopers were conducting an investigation on North Urbana Road in the Town of Urbana, they observed Draper driving a red Ford Ranger and attempted to stop him for questioning for an earlier incident. Police said he fled onto a seasonal roadway and was able to get away from the State Police. Later on the same evening Draper was reportedly back in the area of the original complaint. State Police and Steuben County Sheriffs Deputies were dispatched to the area. Upon arrival Sheriff’s patrols observed the suspect vehicle and once again Draper attempted to flee, police said in a press release. Inv. Hagadone said while fleeing from patrols a New York State Police patrol car was struck by Draper’s vehicle. On Friday, Draper turned himself into the State Police. Draper was arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 1st, a class ‘D’ felony, Criminal Mischief 2nd, a class ‘D’ felony, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer, a class ‘A’ misdemeanor, Obstructing Governmental Administration, a class ‘A’ misdemeanor, Reckless Endangerment 2nd, a class ‘A’ misdemeanor and Felony Driving While Intoxicated. Draper was arraigned in the Village of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $25,000.00 cash and $50,000.00 property. Further charges are expected to be filed by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.