SMITHVILLE – The Chenango County Sheriff's Office was involved high speed vehicle pursuit with a motorcycle driver on Monday that went through multiple counties.
Police said the driver, 27-year-old Austin R. Demuth, of Guilford, has a long history of criminal arrests and has multiple felony cases currently pending in local court.
Chenango County Sheriff Ernest R. Cutting reported, “The pursuit began in the Town of Smithville and traveled through Cortland County then into Broome County. The suspect jumped off his motorcycle and a short foot pursuit occurred on State Highway 79 in the Town of Whitney Point.”
Demuth was taken into custody and transported to UHS Wilson Hospital in Johnson City with minor injuries that occurred during the foot pursuit. The sheriff’s office was assisted by New York State Police in Binghamton.
Demuth was arrested for unlawful fleeing, second degree obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and numerous traffic violations.
He also had a warrant out of the Town of Norwich Court for criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motorized vehicle.
Demuth had recently been released on his own recognizance for numerous felony charges.
The Chenango County Court reported he has a pending case involving charges of fourth degree grand larceny and auto-stripping, from April of of this year.
Demuth was arraigned in the City of Norwich Court and was remanded with no bail following his most recent arrest.
In February he was arrested for second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.
In 2019 he pleaded guilty in Chenango County Court to second degree attempted burglary. In 2018 Demuth was charged with felony second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny after being accused of stealing items from inside a Pharsalia home.
In 2013 Demuth was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, for having or possessing a shotgun illegally. No further information about the case was available because it was sealed.
In 2011, as a teen, Demuth was charged with arson, second degree aggravated harassment and providing a false written statement to police after allegedly reporting a snowmobile was set on fire. Police at the time said Demuth started it. No further information about the case was available because it was sealed.
According to court records a number of arrest warrants for Demuth have been issued over the years.
All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.