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Massena man charged with leading police in August high speed pursuit


MASSENA — A Massena man who allegedly led state police on a high-speed pursuit is behind bars, but not before he was arrested by village police on unrelated charges.

Joseph M. Olmstead, 31, of 20 Boynton St., was arrested by village police Sunday and charged with second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said they picked Mr. Olmstead up on Ober Street as a result of a bench warrant issued by Village Court for an alleged domestic incident Oct. 13 at his residence.

Mr. Olmstead was arraigned before Village Judge Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $5,000 cash bail $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to return to Village Court at a later date on those charges.

Village police said they then turned Mr. Olmstead over to state police on a St. Lawrence County warrant for his arrest based on an alleged Aug. 15 police pursuit.

It was approximately 8:20 p.m. when state police said they observed an orange motorcycle traveling north on Route 56 through the town of Norfolk at a high speed. The operator of the motorcycle led police in a pursuit, passing a second trooper and forcing other uninvolved vehicles off the road when he turned left onto Route 37.

The trooper was forced to terminate the pursuit once the suspect drove into the residential area of Louisville on County Route 36.

After a thorough investigation, state police said they were able to identify and track down Mr. Olmstead as the operator.

He was charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, a class A misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed operation and reckless driving. In addition, he was charged with numerous other vehicle and traffic violations, including speed in zone, speed over state limit, unregistered motor vehicle and uninspected motor vehicle.

Mr. Olmstead was arraigned at Norfolk Town Court and committed to St. Lawrence County jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He is scheduled for appearances in that court and in Louisville Town Court on charges incurred as a result of the pursuit.

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