When Ithaca police tried to arrest a parole violator on Ithaca's west side on Wednesday, he drove toward officers, pushed a police car, and then led IPD on a car chase that resulted in damage to multiple cars. 30-year-old Corbin D. Whyte, of Ithaca, was eventually apprehended.
Corbin D. Whyte, apprehended by police on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of IPD.An IPD release says the patrol division and investigative division learned the whereabouts of Mr. Whyte, who was wanted for violating his New York State Parole. He had been sentenced last fall to 2-4 years of state incarceration on evidence tampering charges after murder charges against him were dropped in the 2010 death of Paul Garcia.
When police approached Whyte in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 300 block of Floral Avenue near the Cayuga Lake Inlet, he refused to get out of his vehicle as ordered, and "instead drove forward towards officers," IPD says. He collided with an unmarked IPD vehicle, pushing the police car and its occupant aside, before driving south on Floral Avenue.
Whyte collided with another vehicle on Floral Avenue, causing what police called "moderate injuries," and sustained a flat front tire after striking more cars. He came to a stop upon striking a guardrail on Route 13 south of the City near the Route 34/96 split. He fled on foot into a wooded area, and was quickly apprehended.
IPD says Whyte was transported to the Tompkins County Jail on the parole violation warrant, and police expect additional charges will be filed this week based on today's incidents.
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