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Georgetown man arrested after five days on the run

Eluded officers in a large farm tractor

GEORGETOWN, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — The Madison County man that was wanted by Broome County Sheriffs has been arrested after attempting to flee police in a tractor, according to Madison County Sheriffs.

37-year-old Michael Debottis had been wanted by Broome County Sheriffs since Thursday, May 16 on domestic violence charges. At that time, Debottis eluded sheriffs in a motor vehicle and his whereabouts were unknown.

Then, on Monday, May 20, both Madison County and Broome County Sheriffs attempted to serve the arrest warrants. When Debottis was contacted by officers, he allegedly fled on foot to a large farm tractor on his property. He then led officers on a pursuit, allegedly using the tractor’s bucket to strike an armored Sheriff’s vehicle head-on.

Debottis was eventually able to elude officers by entering a heavily wooded area off of Chapman Road in the town of Georgetown. Onondaga County Sheriffs were called to assist with their Air-1 helicopter, which allowed sheriffs to locate Debottis hiding underneath a boat off of State Route 80 in Georgetown.

Debottis was subsequently taken into custody without further incident. He was taken to Hamilton Hospital for evaluation of dehydration.

Madison County Sheriffs levied the following charges against Debottis:

  • three counts of first-degree Attempted Assault, a Class C Felony,
  • three counts of Attempted Aggravated Assault against a Police Officer, a Class C Felony,
  • three counts of first-degree Reckless Endangerment, a Class D Felony,
  • second-degree Criminal Mischief, a Class D Felony,
  • three counts of second-degree Menacing, a Class A Misdemeanor,
  • Obstructing Governmental Administration, a Class A Misdemeanor, and
  • Resisting Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Upon release from the hospital, Debottis will be arraigned in Madison County CAP Court. According to Madison County Sheriffs, the Broome County arrest warrants have been filed with the Madison County Jail and will be executed upon his release.

The Madison County Sheriffs were assisted by the County Sheriffs’ Offices of Broome and Onondaga County, the New York State Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the fire department and ambulance corps of the Town of Georgetown, the New Woodstock Fire Department, and the Madison County Office of Emergency Management.

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