Syracuse man steals car, leads Ithaca Police on chase

Unmarked police car that was hit

A Syracuse was is accused of stealing a car and leading police on a chase through Ithaca on Thursday.

Ithaca Police say they responded to the Hess Gas Station on Elmira Road after a report that a vehicle was just stolen from the parking lot.

Police say they attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over. The driver continued to speed throughout the City of Ithaca, at times driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

The driver hit an unmarked police vehicle at the intersection of South Corn Street and West Green Street, police say, causing extensive damage to the car and injuring the three occupants.

Police say the suspect abandoned the vehicle in the 600 block of South Albany Street and ran from the scene. Police located the suspect inside of a nearby housing complex.

The suspect was identified as 53-year-old David Manzi, of Syracuse.

The three officers who were injured went to a nearby hospital for treatment of neck and back pain. They were treated and released by Thursday evening.

The police vehicle suffered extensive damage and was towed from the scene.

He was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail without bail.

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