An Allegany County man led Yates County authorities on a high speed chase Sunday morning that covered twelve miles and reached speeds of up to 1-HUNDRED miles per hour.
It all started shortly after 10 a.m. when the Yates County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person on the campus of Freedom Village in possession of a machete, making statements eluding to the Russians and a dirty bomb, which caused staff to lock down the Route 14 facility. When deputies arrived on scene, Dan Middaugh fled the scene in his vehicle. The 44 year old Belmont resident is accused of committing numerous vehicle and traffic violations while leading police on a chase, including causing numerous cars to leave the road to avoid collisions. As Penn Yan Police staged stop sticks at the Route 14/54 intersection in Dresden, Middaugh stopped his car on the bridge and would not open his windows or exit the car as directed by deputies. He also had a hatchet in his hands. Law enforcement were able to secure Middaugh without injury and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
A video of the end of the chase and arrest is below:
Posted by Kaitlyn Eaves on Sunday, July 22, 2018
A State Police K-9 dog cleared both Middaugh’s vehicle and Freedom Village of any explosive devices. Middaugh will face charges of unlawfully fleeing police, reckless operation, speeding, unsafe passing and failure to comply.