CNY man crashes car after hitting signs, trees, driving over lawns while fleeing officers

Derick Ledger crashed his car after striking signs, trees, driving through lawns while fleeing officers (Cortland County Sheriff's Office)

A Cortland County man was charged after driving impaired and fleeing from deputies before crashing his car over the weekend.

According to the Cortland County Sheriff's Office, officers tried to stop a Chevy Camaro on U.S. Route 11 in Cortlandville around 10:57 p.m. Saturday.

The car was being operated by Derick Ledger, 27, of Cortlandville.

Officers said Ledger passed two vehicles in a no-passing zone. Ledger failed to comply with officers' demand to pull over, and traveled through two townships, on East River Road, Parks Road and Ames Road.

While trying to flee authorities, Ledger allegedly struck numerous street signs, trees and drove through lawns.

Ledger was taken into custody on Ames Road in the Town of Homer after crashing his car on a curve into several trees.

Ledger was the only occupant of the vehicle and was uninjured.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, and failure to comply with police.

He was arraigned in the Town of Cortlandville Court on Sunday and sent to the Cortland County Jail on bail.

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