ONEIDA — A high speed chase and crash in Madison County started when law enforcers pulled over a 34-year-old man Wednesday night for failing to dim his highbeams.
Sheriff’s deputies said Michael S. Loveless, of Oneida, was pulled over on Farrier Avenue Wednesday night because he had failed to dim his headlights to oncoming traffic. When the deputy was preparing to get out of his patrol car, authorities said Loveless hit the gas and took off at a high rate of speed.
The deputy gave chase until authorities said Loveless’ car crashed at the intersection of Farrier and West avenues. Deputies said he did not stop at the intersection, then hit the curb so hard that the air bag deployed in his vehicle.
Deputies said Loveless abandoned the car and fled on foot. The deputy was forced to stop because Loveless had left the car running and in gear. The deputy secured the vehicle.
The Oneida City Police assisted in searching for Loveless, who was found on foot a short time later in a business parking lot on Lenox Avenue. Loveless was taken into custody.
Loveless is charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer, driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater, failure to comply, failure to dim headlights, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, uninspected vehicle, running a stop sign and two counts of speeding, deputies said.
Loveless was arraigned and sent to county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or bond. He is scheduled to reappear in City Court on Friday.