Police say a Camden man made a bad situation worse, as a violation of a stay-away order turned into a pursuit in an allegedly stolen car through several Oswego County towns on Saturday.
State Police give this accounting of events:
Raymond H. Smith, 41, of 9282 State Route 13, Camden, was being sought by police for allegedly violating an order of protection against him.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Police allege in a news release that he was sending “threatening communications and text messages” to a woman in Parish.
Police found Smith in a Chrysler PT Cruiser in the area of Peck Road and Centerville Road in the town of Richland.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â A check revealed that the car had been reported stolen.
A State Trooper tried to pull Smith over, but they say he instead led them on a 30 mile chase through the towns of Richland, Albion, Mexico and Parish.
Smith’s been charged with criminal contempt, aggravated harassment, felony drunken driving and other vehicle and traffic violations.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He faces more charges from the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department over the vehicle.