CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. – An Ithaca man who fled a police officer on his motorcycle was taken into custody Tuesday after a short chase through Cortland County, according to state police.

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At around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, a state trooper saw a 2004 Honda motorcycle being driven with an expired registration.

Benjamin E. Neilsen

The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, at which point the man fled, according to police.

After a short chase, 21-year-old Benjamin E. Neilsen was located and arrested on Route 38 in Cortlandville. Police say he had a small amount of cocaine and was driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Neilsen was charged with reckless endangerment, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a controlled substance, along with numerous other vehicle and traffic law violations.

He was arraigned in Cortlandville Town Court and taken to Cortland County jail on $5,000 cash bail.

This story was originally published in The Cortland Voice. 

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