November 19, 2008


Police end 4-hour chase with an arrest

Burglary suspect takes off from State Police in Lapeer

Police Chase

Bob Ellis/staff photographer    
A New York State Trooper rides a four wheeler along Route 221 in Hunts Corners while searching for 18-year-old Lawrence Nemecek of Cortland who was later arrested on burglary and other charges, State Police said.

Staff Reporter

LAPEER — State Police arrested a Cortland man Tuesday after searching for him for about four hours in the woods north of State Route 221 in Lapeer.
Lawrence A. Nemecek, 18, of 99 Groton Ave., was arrested on charges of burglary, criminal contempt in the second degree and resisting arrest.
He is the suspect in the burglary of a motorcycle, a dirt bike and a go-cart from American Taxi on Homer Avenue in Cortlandville Monday night, according to State Police Investigator Jeff Hall, who spoke with the owner of American Taxi Tuesday.
Before the burglary, Nemecek was wanted by city police on warrants for burglary and possession of stolen property.
State Police received a call Tuesday morning from a person in Marathon. The person saw Nemecek with the items and told police they were likely stolen, Hall said.
At about 10:25 a.m. a state trooper located Nemecek riding one of the stolen motorcycles in Lapeer. Police found the remaining stolen items  on the back of a blue pickup truck in the parking lot of a church in Lapeer, said Hall. Nemecek ran from police.
State Police were assisted by the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, state Department of Environmental Conservation and state police aviation and K-9. Police found Nemecek at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the woods behind the church. After the helicopter left to refuel, Nemecek ran and police spotted him, Hall said.
State Police cars on Hunts Corners Road, Clarks Corners Road, Wood Road and Route 221 had surrounded a square area around the woods where he was found. At one point during the search 10 state police cars were parked in or near the church parking lot.
Nemecek was taken to Cortland Regional Medical Center because he showed signs of hypothermia when he was found, said Hall.
He was released and taken to Cortland County Jail. His bail is set at $1,500 cash and $3,000 bond. A court date has not yet been set.


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