Waddington police chase and standoff ends with two in custody, no major injuries
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 6:30 am

WADDINGTON -- One man faces a host of charges after attempting to elude police Wednesday evening, a second person was taken into custody.

The St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Office investigated a 911 call made to central dispatch at approximately 6:58 pm of a suicidal suspect in a black Ford F150 in the Louisville area. Sheriff patrols located the suspect vehicle on County Route 14 activated the emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle.

The operator failed to comply with patrols. The suspect vehicle continued to the Waddington area where they attempted to elude patrols by turning down a private driveway off state highway 37.

The operator Robert Yekel and his passenger Bonnie Lamay refused to exit the vehicle and told officers that they had a weapon. After a brief standoff Lamay exited the car and was taken into custody without incident. Attempts to talk Yekel out of the vehicle failed.

After it was determined that Yekel did not have a weapon, he was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. Yekel was transported to Claxton Hepburn hospital by Waddington rescue to be treated for minor cuts. Yekel was charged with DWI, failure to comply, reckless driving, fail to stop at a stop sign, speeding in excess of 55 mph, fail to keep right, consumption of alcohol in a vehicle, and fail to signal turn.

The St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Office was assisted on scene by Border Patrol, New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Ogdensburg Police Department, Gouverneur Police Department, New York State Parole, and Waddington Fire and Rescue. Lamay was transported to Claxton Hepburn Hospital by patrols for evaluation.

Yekel was arraigned on his charges in the Town of Waddington and held on $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in Waddington Town Court on a later date.