Press Release - Veh Pursuit /Arrest
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On March 11, 2016, at about 1:53pm, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested multiple people following a traffic stop which escalated into a high-speed police pursuit that started on Reed Road in the Town of Waterloo. Sheriff’s Investigators and Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle being operated by Samuel L. McCullough, age 25, of 104 Hickory Manor Drive, Rochester, New York. At the time, McCullough had an active felony arrest warrant for violation of probation out of Monroe County and active felony charges from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. McCullough refused to stop and intentionally crashed into an unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicle causing extensive damage to the vehicle and caused a hand injury to a Sheriff’s Deputy. McCullough then fled the Reed Road scene at a high rate of speed onto Hecker Road, Edwards Road, and onto Ninefoot Road. McCullough then drove off Ninefoot Road into a field and intentionally crashed into a snow fence. McCullough then caused extensive damage to the field with the vehicle and the vehicle ultimately became stuck in the mud in a field south of Bostwick Road. McCullough was then forcibly removed from the vehicle by Sheriff's Deputies and taken into custody. A second Sheriff’s Deputy suffered a back injury while taking McCullough into custody.
McCullough was charged with the following:
Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a Class C Felony
Assault in the Second Degree (two counts), Class D Felonies
Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, Class E Felonies
Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, Class A Misdemeanor
Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Class A Misdemeanor
Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree (four counts), Class A Misdemeanors
Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Class A Misdemeanor
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, Unclassified Misdemeanor
Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, Class A Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving, Unclassified Misdemeanor
McCullough was additionally charged with an additional six vehicle and traffic charges. McCullough was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $100,000 cash bail/$200,000 secured bond. McCullough is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on March 15, 2016 at 4pm. Additional charges related to the sale and distribution of illegal drugs will be filed on McCullough in the near future.
The three passengers in the vehicle were also taken into custody on various charges:
Ann M. Douglas, age 41, of 2133 Routes 5 & 20, Apartment 15A, Seneca Falls, New York, was charged with Facilitating Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle as she allowed McCullough to operate the vehicle while he had a revoked driver’s license. Douglas was issued a uniform traffic ticket to appear in the Waterloo Town Court at a later date. Douglas was then turned over to the Auburn Police Department as she had an arrest warrant on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (two counts), Class B Felonies.
Tommy L. Crawford, age 26, no permanent address, also had an active arrest warrant for violation of probation on a charge of Robbery in the Third Degree out of Monroe County. Crawford was turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for further action.
The fourth passenger was also taken into custody as she was a missing runaway juvenile from the City of Rochester. The juvenile’s name has been withheld due to her age. The juvenile was turned over to Seneca County Child Protective Services.
Both Sheriff's Deputies were treated at GGH and released.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, New York State Parole, Seneca Falls Police Department, Waterloo Police Department, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.