Sullivan County Sheriff's Department Press Release

A long chase

Posted 3/16/21

On Monday, March 15, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a subject slumped over the steering wheel of his car at the McDonald’s drive-thru in Monticello.

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Sullivan County Sheriff's Department Press Release

A long chase

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — On Monday, March 15, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a subject slumped over the steering wheel of his car at the McDonald’s drive-thru in Monticello. The subject was gone upon the patrol’s arrival but was spotted a short time later near the intersection of Route 17B and West Broadway.

A sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the subject who was operating a red 2001 Honda Accord, but the subject failed to comply and proceeded westbound on Route 17B to White Lake. The subject then proceeded south on State Route 55 to Eldred where he rammed a sheriff’s patrol car and a Lumberland constable. The suspect then made a u-turn and proceeded northbound on State Route 55 where he rammed a Bethel constable and state police patrol car in the vicinity of the Millennium pipeline. The suspect, identified as Louis A Didonna, 42, of Rowland, PA, was taken into custody without further incident. The vehicle he was driving had switched license plates.

Didonna was charged with the Felonies of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st Degree, Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree and the Misdemeanors of DWI/DWAI-drugs, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer and Reckless Driving. Further investigation revealed that the suspect was wanted on a warrant from the Town of Thompson for DWI and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and was subsequently charged with Misdemeanor Bail Jumping.

Louis Didonna was arraigned before Town of Highland Judge Anthony LaRuffa and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his next appearance in court on March 17. Sheriff Mike Schiff said that no one was injured in the incident.

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