Man charged after chase on State Route 14

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
In a screen shot captured from a Facebook video posted by Kaitlyn Eaves, Yates County Deputies and Penn Yan Police prepare to take Dan Middaugh into custody.

Yates County Sheriff's Deputies have charged Dan A. Middaugh, 44, of Belmont with unlawfully fleeing police, reckless operation, speeding, unsafe passing and failure to comply after a chase from Lakemont to Dresden on State Route 14 Sunday morning, July 22.

The incident began when the Sheriff's office received a report of a suspicious person on the campus of Freedom Village who possessed a machete and was making statements alluding to Russians and a dirty bomb. The comments alarmed Freedom Village staff who locked down the campus. When contacted by law enforcement, Middaugh fled the campus and headed north with police in close pursuit.

Middaugh, traveling at speeds up to 100 miles per hour for 12 miles, committed numerous vehicle and traffic offenses, causing other vehicles to leave the road to avoid collisions.

Sheriffs Deputies and Penn Yan Police officers staged stop sticks at State Route 14 near the State Route 54 intersection. Middaugh stopped his vehicle on the bridge south of the intersection, but would not open window or exit his vehicle as directed. Middaugh had a hatchet in his hands, but officers were able to secure Middaugh without injury to himself or others.

A New York State Police bomb dog cleared both the vehicle and the Freedom Village campus with no explosives found.

Middaugh will be taken into custody pending release from the hospital.