Massena man jailed after leading police on chase, violating protection order
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 12:01 pm

COLTON -- A Massena man was jailed Sunday after leading state police on a pursuit and evading a spike strip after violating a stay-away order of protection on June 5, according to state police.

Philip S. Cortese, 48, was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, resisting arrest, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession a controlled substance outside its original container, troopers said.

At approximately 9 p.m. on June 5, troopers say they responded to a report of an order of protection violation at a residence on Riehl Road in the town of Colton.

Cortese had allegedly violated a stay-away order of protection by going to the complainant’s residence twice on that date.

After several attempts to locate Cortese, officers in Canton reportedly received a call June 8 from an individual reporting his approximate location and vehicle description.

State police say they located Cortese’s vehicle shortly thereafter, traveling on State Route 12, toward Massena.

Cortese initially pulled over for the troopers, but upon approaching his vehicle, he sped off, officers said.

Cortese evaded a spike strip deployed by Ogdensburg Police Department, police said.

He then proceeded to stop at a stoplight at the intersection of State Route 68 and State Route 37 in Ogdensburg. Troopers say they were able to approach his vehicle and take him into custody.

Cortese was subsequently found in possession of hydrocodone pills for which he did not have a prescription.

He was arraigned in the Morristown Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County Jail on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

Cortese is to reappear at a later date and time to be determined by the Morristown Court.