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Massena man charged with leading police on chase after violating order of protection


MASSENA - A 48-year-old Massena man was charged with violating a stay-away order of protection and then leading police on a chase.

State police charged Philip S. Cortese with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, first-degree criminal contempt, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container. He was also ticketed for numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

Police said that at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday they responded to a report of a protection order violation at a residence on Riehl Road in the town of Colton. They said Mr. Cortese had violated a stay-away order of protection by going to the complainant’s residence twice on that date. The complainant was not identified.

They said after several attempts to locate Mr. Cortese, state police received a call Sunday reporting his approximate location and vehicle description. State police located Mr. Cortese’s vehicle shortly thereafter, traveling on Route 12 toward Ogdensburg. They said Mr. Cortese initially pulled over for the troopers, but sped off as they approached his vehicle.

Mr. Cortese allegedly evaded a spike strip deployed by Ogdensburg Police Department. Police said he proceeded to stop at a stop light at the intersection of Routes 68 and 37 in Ogdensburg, when troopers were able to approach his vehicle and take him into custody.

State police said Mr. Cortese was found in possession of hydrocodone pills for which he did not have a prescription.

He was arraigned in Morristown Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.

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