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Cortland man wanted for questioning, flees deputies, throws drugs out car window

Artist Quiller, 46/Cortland County Sheriff

A Cortland man who was wanted for questioning by police, fled deputies as they attempted to stop his vehicle, and later threw drugs out his car window as he fled, according to the Cortland County Sheriff's office.

Artist Quiller, 46, was charged and arrested on Wednesday with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, Fail to Comply With Police, Unlicensed Operation, an Unsafe Turn, and Driving to the Right of Pavement Marking, deputies said.

Quiller was travelling towards the Village of McGraw on Route 41 in the Town of Cortlandville, when he refused to comply with police, deputies said.

In order to flee police, Quiller began to drive in the shoulder of the road, passing other vehicles, and later threw drugs out the window, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies pursued Quiller for two to three miles, before ending in the parking lot of Higgins Supply Co. on South Street in the Village of McGraw, deputies said.

Deputies were able to recover the discarded drugs on the side of the road, according to the sheriff's office.

Quiller was arraigned in the Town of Cortlandville Court at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and sent to Cortland County Jail with no bail, deputies said.

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