A 19-year-old car thief was nabbed after taking police from two Orange County towns on a high-speed chase before crashing into two parked cars and then attempting to flee on foot, police said.
Samuel Mittelmark, of Shohola, Pa., was arrested on Friday, Dec. 22, after the town of Deerpark Police the vehicle pursuit that started in Deerpark the night before, said Port Jervis Police.
The pursuit started on Thursday, Dec. 21, when Deerpark police attempted to stop a green Dodge Dakota on Route 6 for a traffic violation. That's when Mittelmark failed to stop and led Deerpark Police on a high-speed chase into Port Jervis, where a Port Jervis Police unit engaged in assisting Deerpark. After a short distance, the vehicle crashed into two parked cars on Jersey Avenue and Mittelmark fled on foot and managed to elude police during a search of the area, Port Jervis police said.
Officers on scene determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the evening in the Town of Goshen, they added.
On Dec. 22, Port Jervis detectives and State Police Investigators located Mittelmark and, after further investigation, charged him with multiple crimes related to the possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and his eluding police in Port Jervis. According to police, Mittelmark had been arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle by the New York State Police on Sunday, Dec. 17. He was released from the Orange County Jail on Thursday, Dec. 21, and after his release, stole the Dodge Dakota in Goshen, police said.
Port Jervis detectives charged Mittelmark with criminal possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment, along with criminal mischief and unlawfully fleeing a police officer and reckless driving.
Town of Deerpark police also filed charges against Mittelmark for criminal possession of stolen property, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and reckless driving, in addition to various traffic tickets.
Mittelmark was arraigned on all charges in Port Jervis City Court by the Honorable Matthew D. Witherow and remanded to the custody of the Orange County Jail on $200,000 cash / $500,000 bond alternative bail pending further court action.
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