PORT JERVIS – Port Jervis City Police and the Town of Deerpark Police arrested a Shohola, Penn. man on Dec. 22, 2017, after an investigation into a vehicle pursuit the previous evening involving a stolen vehicle, said police.
According to police, during the early evening hours of Dec. 21, an officer from the Deerpark Police attempted to stop a green Dodge Dakota on Rte. 6 after observing a vehicle and traffic law violation.
The operator of the vehicle, said police, allegedly failed to stop and led Deerpark Police on a high speed pursuit into Port Jervis, where a Port Jervis Police unit observed the pursuit and engaged in assisting Deerpark.
After a short distance the vehicle crashed into two parked cars on Jersey Avenue and the driver fled on foot. The operator managed to elude police during a search of the area, according to police.
Officers on scene determined the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the evening to the Town of Goshen Police Department.
Further investigation identified the operator to be Samuel Mittelmark, age 19, of Pennsylvania.
On Dec. 22, police said Port Jervis detectives 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, 2017.
He was released from Orange County Jail in Goshen on Thursday, Dec. 21, and after his release, Mittelamrk stole the Dodge Dakota from a location on 17M in Goshen.
Port Jervis detectives charged Mittelmark with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the third degree and Reckless Endangerment in the first degree, both class D felony offenses, and the class A misdemeanor offenses of unlawfully fleeing a police officer in the third degree, Criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and Reckless driving.
Town of Deerpark police also filed charges against Mittelmark for Criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, Unlawfully fleeing a police officer in the third degree and Reckless driving. Mittelmark was also issued traffic tickets for multiple violations of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Mittelmark was arraigned on all charges in Port Jervis City Court by the Honorable Matthew D. Witherow, City Court Judge. Mittelmark was remanded to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on $200,000 cash / $500,000 bond alternative bail pending further court action.