A Central New York man was issued only appearance tickets after a chaotic series crashes and a police chase.

That is according to New York State Police who were dispatched for an initial crash at Tecforce Automotive 623 State Route 31 in the Madison County town of Sullivan at around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

Witnesses called 911 saying the driver involved 'committed multiple acts of public lewdness along with multiple acts of criminal mischief to vehicles' in the business's lot, police said.

2023 Toyota Camry wrecked after chaotic crash and chase in madison county, via New York State Police
2023 Toyota Camry wrecked after chaotic crash and chase in madison county, via New York State Police
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The man - later identified as Robert Norton of Liverpool, NY - ran back to his black 2023 Toyota Camry (photos included) and drove off eastbound on Route 31 with Troopers and deputies from the Madison County Sheriff's Office in pursuit. Authorities say Norton drove into westbound lane of traffic and struck another vehicle - not involved in the initial incident before losing control and crashing into a sign pole outside of 2597 State Route 31 (image below).

2023 Toyota Camry wrecked after chaotic crash and chase in madison county, via New York State Police
2023 Toyota Camry wrecked after chaotic crash and chase in madison county, via New York State Police
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Norton actively resisted, troopers say, and would be tasered by police.

State police said the 27-year-old was only issued appearance tickets on the following charges:

  • Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, class “E” felony
  • Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, class “A” misdemeanor
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired by Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor
  • Resisting Arrest, class “A” misdemeanor
  • Obstructing Governmental Administration, class “A” misdemeanor
  • Public Lewdness, class “B” misdemeanor
  • Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree, class “A” misdemeanor

He's due to answer the charges in court next month.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: This post is for informational purposes. The information provided within was provided publicly by law enforcement. Any charges or accusations of wrongdoing mentioned in the article are only allegations and the reader is reminded that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.]

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