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Ithaca Man Charged After High Speed Chase, Crash In Elmira

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On March 27, 2018, at approximately 10:48p.m., the State Police in Horseheads recieved a complaint of a reckless driver, operating a blue BMW SUV traveling eastbound in the village of Horseheads.

After several more 911 complaints, troopers located the reckless driver and observed several vehicle and traffic violations.

Troopers attempted to stop the operator by activating emergency lights and sirens.  The operator, later identified as Tyler Butts, age23, from Ithaca, NY fled towards the city of Elmira.  A pursuit was intiated and lasted approximately 2 minutes before Butts lost control and struck a telephone pole in front of the Big Lots store on Lake Street.  Butts was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA for serious injuries.

Butts is facing several charges including Driving While Intoxicated by Drugs, Unlawful Fleeing 3rd Degree, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree.

Butts is also wanted by the city of Elmira on a warrant.

The investigation is continuing

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