County Police report a dramatic chase this morning ended with the help of a canine (Bloodhound) hero:
The incident began about 1 a.m. when Police Officer Michael Ritell attempted to stop a vehicle with Virginia plates for a traffic violation on Mamaroneck Road in the vicinity of the Saxon Woods golf course and the Hutchinson River Parkway. The driver refused to stop and eventually drove into the parking lot of the Scarsdale pool, jumped out of the car while it was still moving at a slow rate of speed, and fled across Mamaroneck Road into Crossways Park.
Ritell pursued the suspect, and multiple Westchester County Police units responded to assist in the search, including Officer Brian Tierney and tracking canine Saratoga. Saratoga tracked the suspect’s scent to a nearby soccer field, through an adjacent field and down to a baseball field. Saratoga continued the track down a steep grade and located a red-and-green plaid jacket that had been worn and discarded by the suspect. She then went back up the hill and down another embankment and located the suspect, who was curled up in leaves in an effort to hide himself. The area is proximate to the back yards of homes along Rural Drive.
Demitri Gordon, 18, of Crary Avenue, Mount Vernon, was taken into custody. A computer check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in New York City on Oct. 30.
Gordon was subsequently charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle 1st Degree, felonies, and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor. He was also issued several summonses, including Failure to Comply With a Police Officer and Driving Without a License.
He was arraigned this morning in Scarsdale Village Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.