Christopher Rundt is wanted by police

Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca police said Wednesday that Christopher Rundt, 23, is still wanted in connection with a DWI crash on June 12.

Christopher Rundt

From our story on June 18:

“A drunken driver who crashed into the Ithaca police chief’s car and fled last week has since stolen two different cars, one of which had a gun inside, Officer Jamie Williamson said Wednesday.

Christopher Rundt, 23, of Ithaca, has not been found since he drove into Ithaca Police Chief John Barber’s unmarked vehicle on Thursday. Police found an opened bottle of rum in Rundt’s car.

“Rundt has been involved in a number of serious crimes after the accident,” Williamson said.

Rundt spoke to Chief Barber after the crash on Thursday and apologized. But when Barber went to talk to other witnesses of the crash, Rundt vanished.

Rundt has continued to elude police. A few days after the crash, police got information that Rundt stole a car in the village of Trumansburg.

That vehicle was found in the Ontario County village of Manchester. But Rundt was again missing — police think he stole another car in Manchester.

That second car has been identified as a 2011 Jeep Liberty, license plate GJF8356. There was a .357 Mangum revolver in the car.

“Rundt should be considered armed and dangerous,” Officer Williamson said, noting that Rundt is a drug user who is also wanted by state police for violating the terms of his parole release.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.