High-speed police chase, crash in Canton leads to 10 charges against Lisbon man
CANTON -- A Lisbon man faces 10 different charges after leading police on a high-speed chase and crashing his vehicle into several trees on County Route 27 early Sunday morning.
Torrey Merrick, 18, of 401 County Route 30, was charged with third-degree fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, speeds not reasonable and prudent, failure to comply with a lawful order, inadequate muffler, failure to keep right, drove across road hazard markings, passing a red light and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.Canton Village Police say Merrick had a blood alcohol content of .12 percent, above the .08 percent threshold for DWI.
Police say Merrick was first seen on West Main Street, where he was spinning his tires. Officers said Merrick slowed down when he passed the patrol car, but then sped up, spinning his tires a second time.
According to police, the patrol began to follow Merrick and observed him passing a red light and swerving across the center and white lines.
The officer then attempted to stop Merrick, who sped up and led the patrol on a chase out Riverside Drive and on to County Route 27.
Police said the chase reached speeds of 80 mph.
The officer reported slowing down at an intersection near the Sykes Road in an attempt to slow Merrick.
As Merrick approached a corner on Route 27, police said he lost control and crashed into several trees in the front yard of a 6403 County Route 27 home.
Merrick and a passenger were uninjured in the accident.
Police say Merrick is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 30.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies and SUNY Canton Police officers assisted the patrol.