Manhunt, high-speed chase end in arrest of Dundee man

John Christensen
The Chronicle Express

WATKINS GLEN – A Dundee man has been arrested following an 11-day search and a dramatic high speed chase with police in Watkins Glen. 

About 11:21 a.m. April 27, law enforcement received multiple calls regarding a male subject walking down South Decatur Street in the proximity of a Watkins Glen school. The individual described to police matched the description of a person of interest regarding a residential burglary which occurred April 16.

As the first officer arrived in the area, the officer quickly observed the individual in question and attempted to make contact by speaking with him. The man fled on foot from the officer. A second officer arrived in the area and located the man hiding behind a home. The man fled again and the officer chased him over a fence and through the school parking lot where another officer was waiting for him. The man then jumped into a vehicle and fled as Schuyler County sheriff's deputies arrived to assist.

The suspect fled the school parking lot in a dark-colored SUV at a high rate of speed, nearly striking a Schuyler County patrol vehicle, driving through a yard, running a stop sign, and continuing on. Officers began the pursuit going west on 15th Street, then south on State Route 414 out of the village.

Schuyler County had the lead car in the pursuit at speeds of over 100 mph. New York State Police also assisted. After a lengthy pursuit, the suspect fled from the moving vehicle on foot, but was quickly apprehended by Deputy K-9 Digit, and taken into custody by officers.


The suspect was finally identified as 28-year-old JONATHAN E. SHEARIN, of Dundee, who is on New York State parole out of Yates County for two convictions: second-degree grand larceny (class C felony) and third-degree burglary (class D felony). 

Shearin was treated by Schuyler Ambulance and the Tyrone Fire Department, and was taken to Schuyler Hospital for minor injuries. He was then turned over the custody of the Sheriffs Office.

Watkins Glen Police have charged Shearin with 2nd degree burglary (class C felony), 4th degree grand larceny (class E felony), 2nd degree obstruction of governmental administration (class A misdemeanor), trespassing, and several vehicle and traffic violations.

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office has charged Shearin with third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle (class A misdemeanor), second-degree reckless endangerment (class A misdemeanor), reckless driving, speeding at 115 mph in a posted 55 mph zone, and several other vehicle and traffic violations.

No injuries were reported to the public or law enforcement. Shearin was held in the Schuyler County Jail to await arraignment.