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Massena man charged with leading police on chase after violating order of protection

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MASSENA - A 48-year-old Massena man was charged with violating a stay-away order of protection and then leading police on a chase.

New York State Police charged Philip S. Cortese with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, first-degree criminal contempt, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container. He was also ticketed for numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

Police said that at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday they responded to a report of an order of protection violation at a residence on Riehl Road in the town of Colton. They said Cortese had violated a stay-away order of protection by going to the complainant’s residence twice on that date.

They said, after several attempts to locate Cortese, Canton-based state police received a call from an individual on Sunday, reporting Cortese’s approximate location and vehicle description. State police located Cortese’s vehicle shortly thereafter, traveling on state Route 12 toward Massena. They said Cortese initially pulled over for the troopers, but as they approached his vehicle, he sped off.

Cortese allegedly evaded a spike strip deployed by Ogdensburg Police Department. Police said he proceeded to stop at a stop light at the intersection of state Route 68 and state Route 37 in the city of Ogdensburg, when troopers 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 Morristown Town Court and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. He will reappear at a later date and time to be determined by the Morristown court.

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