Police Chief John Barber's unmarked vehicle was struck by what police have called a drunken driver. Christopher Rundt is still wanted. (Courtesy of police)

Ithaca, N.Y. — 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 is wanted by police

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.

Police Chief John Barber’s unmarked vehicle was struck by what police have called a drunken driver. Christopher Rundt is still wanted. (Courtesy of police)
Police Chief John Barber’s unmarked vehicle was struck by what police have called a drunken driver. Christopher Rundt is still wanted. (Courtesy of police)

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.

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Police said that missing along with Rundt is his suspected passenger during the crash with Chief Barber: Ashley Woodward.

“Rundt may be accompanied” by Woodward, according to police.

The 5:25 p.m. crash with Chief Barber occurred on West Clinton Street.

“It appears that both vehicles are a total loss as a result of the collision,” police said in a press release.

Chief Barber suffered minor injuries and did not have to be transported to the hospital.

Witnesses confirmed that Rundt appeared intoxicated as he and Woodward fled the scene of the crash.

Police ask anyone with information about Rundt’s whereabouts to call t (607) 272-9973.

Jeff Stein

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