Fleeing from police, an 18-year-old allegedly struck two cars, almost hit a police officer and then attempted to escape into a Collegetown house early Friday morning before he was caught and arrested on drug and reckless driving charges, the Ithaca Police Department said.
Police said Timothy Spann was reportedly found with an eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine after a wild ride through Collegetown that began shortly after midnight. Bail for his release from Tompkins County Jail has been posted at $50,000.
Initially, police attempted to stop Spann for a routine traffic violation before he reportedly sped off “at an excessive rate” — setting off a chain of events that would later culminate in his arrest, police said.
“The vehicle was followed throughout the East Hill area of the city [before it] struck an Ithaca Police vehicle that was stopped on a side street handling an unrelated matter,” police said in a statement released Friday afternoon.
Before Spann reportedly hit the police car, an officer was forced to jump out of the way to avoid being struck, the statement said. Despite this, Spann kept driving, apparently still hopeful he could escape, according to the police report.
Spann “continued driving recklessly through a heavily congested Collegetown area” before striking another car, police said. Spann then reportedly ran out of his car before police apprehended him toward the back of the Collegetown house, located on the 300 block of College Avenue, that he ran into.
No injuries have been reported in connection with the incident, police said.
In addition to the drug and reckless driving charges, Spann faces two counts of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and one count of fleeing a police officer, the police statement said.
This is not the first time Spann has seen legal action. This summer, he was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation of a vehicle, The Ithaca Journal reported in June.