According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office a strange beginning of events around 7:42 Saturday morning in the Town of Howard after a deputy stopped to check on a vehicle that was parked roadside on Route 70-A in the Town of Howard. According to the Sheriff’s Office thats when it all began. The vehicle took off along the back roads at speeds of over 80 m.p.h. before it left the roadway and traveled 200 feet into a field coming to rest over an embankment. Both the operator and passenger fled on foot. The pursuing deputy secured the scene until help arrived from the New York State Police and New York State Environmental Conservation Police.
The operator was located about a half hour later when a resident on County Route 27 called 911 reporting his horses were acting peculiar. A Trooper in the immediate area took the operator into custody.
The second suspect remained on foot for about 90 minutes before he ran past a pair of bow hunters on private property on County Route 27. After a confrontation about being on private property, the second suspect decided he was going to climb a nearby pine tree. That tree happened to be next to the tree that secured one of the hunters tree stands. Thats when the hunter decided to call 911. Thats when things get interesting. When units from the various police agencies arrived they found the second suspect had climbed approximately 75 feet up off the ground.
Deputies and Troopers negotiated over the next four hours for the suspect to climb down and to surrender however he acted as if under the influence of a controlled substance and refused to cooperate. That’s when a police officer with the DEC arrived and set up a large bear trap under the tree tp unsure the man’s safety in the event he lost his footing and fell to the ground.
It was another 30 minutes of negotiating before the suspect agreed to climb down from the pine tree and surrender to investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and State Police. He was taken into custody without further incident. Yogi was taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning on the entire ordeal. Boo Boo was taken to the hospital for a medical and mental evaluation. The true names of the suspects have not been released.