On Friday June 17, 2016 at about 4:50 AM deputies observed a red 2009 Kia Optima traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on State Route 13 near Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle but the operator failed to comply and continued to travel northbound on State Route 13 into the Town of Dryden at speeds in excess of 85 MPH. Deputies were assisted by the New York State Police and units continued to attempt to stop the vehicle. The New York State Police deployed a tire deflation device near the 1800 block of State Route 13, but the operator of the vehicle was able to avoid the device. The vehicle continued northbound entering the Village of Dryden, and then proceeded eastbound onto State Route 392. The vehicle eventually turned onto McClintock Road and came to a stop near a grassy area. Deputies exited their patrol vehicles in an attempt to remove the driver from the vehicle. The driver then backed up quickly and rammed into the New York State Police Vehicle. The suspect vehicle then swerved at a deputy who had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. The driver then continued on McClintock Road, turned onto South Street, and then turned onto North Street, all while disobeying two stop signs. The vehicle continued north on North Street and accelerated to 85mph in the 30mph speed zone. The vehicle failed to signal and quickly turned onto North Road. It failed to stop at the next stop sign and turned left onto Fall Creek Road. At this point, the vehicle began traveling southwest on Fall Creek Road and made several abrupt stops in an attempt to cause a vehicle crash with following police units. Deputies deployed stop sticks near the intersection of Fall Creek Road and West Malloryville Road. The vehicle maneuvered around the sticks and continued south. Deputies then deployed a second set of stop sticks near the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Cook Street, which did make contact with one of the front tires of the suspect vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at Fall Creek Road and Railroad Street and then made a left turn onto State Route 366 (Main Street). The vehicle's tire began to slowly deflate, which forced the vehicle's speed to decelerate significantly. After the tire wore off the rim, the vehicle was forced to stop near the Fall Creek Bridge on State Route 366. Deputies and State Police units were able to surround the vehicle and apprehend the driver.
The driver was identified as Judith M Heffron (Age 40 of Auburn). Heffron was charged with Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, Flee Officer in Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving, Speed in zone (3 counts), Speed over 55mph, Moved from Lane Unsafely (4 counts), Unsafe turn (2 counts), Unsafe Backing, Stopping on Public Highway, and Failure to Stop at Stop Sign (4 counts). Heffron was arraigned in the Town of Caroline Court. She was remanded to the Tompkins County Public Safety Building on the Lansing Court Charges in lieu of $3,000 cash/$6,000 bond and $5,000 cash/$10,000 bond on the Dryden Court charges.
No injuries were reported by any party during the incident, which was likely due to the actions of investigating Deputies and Troopers. The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office would like to extend our thanks to the New York State Police and the Cayuga Heights Police Department for their assistance. The investigation is still on going and further charges are pending.