By Jeffery Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
BATH - A man who led Corning patrolmen on a chase in March that started in a city parking lot behind Pudgies Pizza and ended about an hour later on Interstate Highway 99 in Blossburg Pa., is back behind bars.
Kenneth Letson, 28, of 6 Woodlawn Ave., Corning, was arrested Monday on a bench warrant moments after being released from Tioga County Jail, in Wellsboro, Pa.
“When his car broke down in Blossburg, he ended up in Tioga County Jail on separate charges. He never came back to New York to face the local charges,” said Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding. “On Monday, Tioga Jail authorities contacted us to let us know that he had served his time.”
Patrolmen and State Police went to the Tioga County Jail at about 4:15 p.m. to arrest Latson on a bench warrant, Spaulding said. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle on approach of emergency vehicle, violation maximum speed limit and numerous other violations.
Letson allegedly left the city parking lot March 13, and fled up West William Street at more than 60 mph.
Spaulding said the car then traveled at a high speed on Pulteney Street, hitting a couple of road signs, going through Riverside, Painted Post and Gang Mills before getting on I-99 just past the Walmart Plaza.
Mansfield and Painted Post State Police then joined in the pursuit, which ended when Letson’s vehicle broke down on the highway off ramp in Blossburg.
Letson was charged by Mansfield State Police with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude police and numerous other violations.
He served time in the Tioga County Jail for those offenses before being released Monday afternoon and charged in Steuben County. He was arraigned in Corning City Court and send to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.
Letson will return to Corning City Court at a later date to answer to the charges.