Oneida man faces multiple charges after two-county, three-hour pursuit

Chase came through Cazenovia, ended on college campus

— No firearms were found in the suspect’s possession upon being taken in custody.

Police agencies involved in this incident, in addition to the County Sheriff’s office, were City of Oneida Police, New York State Police, SUNY Morrisville Police, Cazenovia Police, Chittenango Police, Canastota Police, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and Cazenovia College Campus Safety.

Several attempts to disable the vehicle using stop sticks were made during the pursuit, but the suspect was able to evade efforts until he hit stop sticks that were deployed in the village of Cazenovia by Sergeant Karen Zaleski and Officer Jim Kazmirski.

"It was a group effort. We were all integrally involved, working alongside the state police and sheriff's department," said Cazenovia Police Chief Michael Hayes. "Stop strips had been deployed on two other occasions, but the suspect was able to avoid them. While in Cazenovia, Sergeant Zaleski and Officer Kazmirski were able to successfully deploy the stop sticks, which brought the pursuit to a conclusion within a few minutes."

At the time, area college students and local residents took to social media, posting on Facebook and Twitter reports of helicopters circling overhead using searchlights.

The campus lockdown was lifted and both colleges returned to normal operations around 3 a.m.

Ball said during the chase, the suspect rammed a Madison County Sheriff’s vehicle with his van and damaged several pieces of property. The deputy who was rammed was not injured and the deputy’s vehicle remained in pursuit, following the suspect.

Churchill has been remanded to the Madison County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

Updated will be posted to cazenoviarepublican.com as more details are released.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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