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Massena man charged in connection with August motorycle pursuit

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MASSENA - A Massena man facing charges from a domestic dispute now faces a host of other charges after he was turned over to state police.

Massena-based state police charged Joseph M. Olmstead, 31, of 20 Boyton St., Massena, with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and reckless driving. He was also ticketed for numerous other vehicle and traffic violations, including speed in zone, speed over state limit, unregistered motor vehicle and uninspected motor vehicle.

Olmstead was arraigned in Norfolk Town Court and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,500 cash or $2,000 bond.

Troopers said the charges stemmed from an incident at 8:20 p.m. Aug. 15 when they observed an orange motorcycle travelling at a high rate of speed northbound on state Route 56, in the town of Norfolk. The operator failed to stop at the time, leading the trooper in a pursuit.

The motorcycle continued north on Route 56, then turned west onto state Route 37, passed another state police patrol vehicle and several uninvolved vehicles, forcing cars off the roads. The trooper was forced to terminate the pursuit once the suspect drove into the residential area on County Route 36 in Louisville.

State police said their investigation determined Olmstead was operating the motorcycle at the time of the pursuit.

Olmstead is scheduled to appear on the charges Nov. 6 in Louisville Town Court.

Village police had picked up Olmstead on an arrest warrant charging him with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing at 10:40 p.m. Sunday on Ober Street.

Police said the charges stemmed from an investigation into a domestic dispute that reportedly took place on Oct. 13. He reportedly was involved in a verbal argument with Crystal L. Durocher over his drinking that escalated after she had asked a friend to call police for assistance in removing him from her apartment. She told police she had invited Olmstead over earlier in the evening, but they had started arguing over his drinking.

Olmstead allegedly walked into the living room and grabbed a Savage Arms 12 gauge shotgun, pointed it at Durocher’s forehead and threatened to kill her if she didn’t call the police and tell them to disregard the initial call for assistance.

He is prohibited from having firearms as the result of a May 12, 2003 conviction in St. Lawrence County Court for second-degree attempted burglary.

Olmstead was taken into custody Sunday evening when he left a residence on Ober Street.

He was arraigned on the Massena charges by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Following arraignment, he was be turned over to state police, who also had a bench warrant from St. Lawrence County Court.

A St. Lawrence County grand jury handed up an indictment in November charging Olmstead with aggravated driving while intoxicated. According to court documents, Olmstead was the operator of vehicle on North Main Street, Massena, on Aug. 30 when stopped by police. His blood alcohol content was recorded at 0.21 percent. The state legal limit is 0.08 percent. Olmstead was convicted of a misdemeanor DWI count Sept. 13, 2008 in Norfolk Town Court

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