OSWEGO, NY – On Tuesday at approximately 5:41 p.m., members of the Oswego City Police Department were conducting a STEP (Safety Traffic Enforcement Patrol) detail as part of an overall traffic safety initiative.
During the course of the detail, a 2002 Volkswagen Passat was observed by officers engaging in an unsafe lane change in the vicinity of State Route 104 at East Fifth Street.
Upon attempting to stop the operator of the above vehicle, the vehicle fled eastbound on State Route 104, allegedly at an excessive speed and continuing with unsafe lane changes, towards the congestion of the business corridor.
Officer(s) involved in the initial attempted traffic stop made the decision to disengage from a continued pursuit based upon safety concerns for other motorists and pedestrians.
Patrol units continued to canvass the area for the fleeing vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, at the intersection of Bunner Street at Maple Street, the above vehicle apparently was unable to properly negotiate the intersection and collided with a marked Oswego City Police Department patrol vehicle.
The officer suffered minor injuries, however, was able to exit his damaged patrol vehicle and place the operator into custody.
Jesse R. Russell, 23, of Oswego was arrested on numerous charges to include Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, Moved from Lane Unsafely, and Speed in Zone.
Russell was arraigned in Oswego City Court on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and remanded to the Oswego County Jail on $5,000 bail.
The injured officer was transported to Oswego Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, treated, and released.