PENN YAN — A Steuben County man who led police on a high-speed chase earlier this week is now in the Yates County Jail.
Gary K. Wilson, 29, of Addison, was charged Tuesday by Penn Yan police with a felony count of reckless endangerment and misdemeanor counts of unlawfully fleeing police, reckless driving, and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was also charged with driving without an interlock device and speeding (violations).
Penn Yan Police Chief Tom Dunham said the charges stem from an incident that began about 11 p.m. Sunday, when a village officer clocked Wilson driving about 45 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone on Clinton Street. The officer turned around and tried to find the vehicle and a short time later saw the vehicle speeding on Stark Avenue before turning onto North Avenue.
The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but Dunham said Wilson took off. Penn Yan police pursued the vehicle — with Yates County deputies — into Ontario County, where deputies in that county joined the pursuit.
Dunham said Wilson drove into the city of Geneva, where he fled on foot near North Morrell Avenue. By that time, Geneva police were trying to stop the vehicle as well.
Dunham said a passenger in the vehicle, 37-year-old Joshua Atkinson of Waterloo, stayed in the vehicle when Wilson got out. He was arrested on a warrant out of Ontario County and taken into custody by deputies from that county.
Officers from multiple departments were unable to find Wilson near the scene. Police later learned Wilson was on parole and contacted his parole officer.
Wilson was taken into custody by state parole officers Tuesday in Bath and turned over to Penn Yan police. He was arraigned at the Yates County Jail and remanded without bail due to two prior felony convictions.
Dunham said Wilson faces charges in Ontario County for related offenses from the pursuit.