High speed chase starts in Oswego County and ends in Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A high-speed pursuit with the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office began around 1:20 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

The pursuit began in Volney with a 2014 Dodge Charger. The driver of the vehicle, Michael Mahalick, ran over stop sticks early in the chase, said the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, but continued south on to State Route 481.

While driving towards Onondaga County, Mahalick ran through stop signs and red lights. He also rear-ended a vehicle at the intersection of County Route 57 and State Route 31, which resulted in him getting boxed into traffic.

In order to escape, Mahalick drove into a police car, and the vehicle he had already rear-ended.

Mahalick ran through another red light as he drove into Liverpool. He went on to I-81 and tried to exit the wrong way down an off-ramp that was barricaded in Syracuse, where he then surrendered to members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office around 1:55 p.m.

During the pursuit, Mahalick drove in the wrong lane toward oncoming traffic and reached speeds as high as 120 miles per hour, according to the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office.

Mahalick was arrested for:

  • Five counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree
  • Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree
  • Criminal mischief in the fourth degree
  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree
  • Multiple traffic tickets

Mahalick was driving on a suspended license and the vehicle he was driving did not have insurance, said the Sheriff’s Office. He also had a butterfly knife and two warrants for his arrest. The unlawful imprisonment charge was due to Mahalick having an unwilling passenger in his vehicle.

He is now in the Oswego County Jail, says the Sheriff’s Office.

This is the fourth incident of a high-speed pursuit in Oswego County in the month of March. Oswego County District Attorney Anthony DiMartino has asked the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office to immediately notify him of any high-speed chase.

Photo of Michael Mahalick. Courtesy of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office.

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