Syracuse man charged after stolen vehicle pursuit
A Syracuse man is facing felony charges after a stolen vehicle pursuit on Saturday, according to New York State Police.
After Syracuse Police issued a stolen vehicle report of a silver Volkswagen Passat to all Onondaga County police agencies, the vehicle was spotted by a State Trooper on Oswego Road in Clay, around 4 p.m.
The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle continued northbound on Oswego Road, authorities said.
The vehicle then entered into Oswego County, and attempted to hit another marked State Police vehicle head-on. The trooper in that vehicle then drove off the road to avoid a colliding head-on, State Police said.
A tire-deflating device was placed by troopers and Fulton Police across South First Street to stop the stolen vehicle.
Authorities said the driver avoided the device and turned onto State Route 481, traveling north, then continued onto South Fourth Street.
The stolen vehicle then struck another vehicle at the intersection of Oneida Street, stopping the vehicle. State Police were able to take the driver into custody.
The driver was identified as Darien R. Sampson, 30, and he was charged with:
- Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the third degree
- Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs, due to a prior conviction
- two counts of Reckless Endangerment in the second degree
- Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree
- Resisting Arrest
- Unlawfully Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the third degree
- Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the second degree
- Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree
- Reckless Driving
- Several other vehicle and traffic law violations
An investigation revealed that Sampson was driving while impaired by drugs, authorities said.
A Border Patrol K9 unit determined that Methamphetamine/MDMA was located inside the vehicle.
State Police said the vehicle was determined to be stolen from a family member.
Sampson was arraigned in the Town of Volney Court and sent to the Oswego County Justice Center on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
He is scheduled to return to court on January 8, 2018.