Update: Fort Drum Soldier Caught in Tompkins County
The search for a Ft. Drum soldier, who had been on the run from authorities since Thursday, has come to an end.
20 year-old Pfc. Russell Marcum surrendered at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, in a wooded area in the town of Dryden, in Tompkins County. That's where he was last spotted, following a vehicle pursuit earlier Saturday. State Police say Marcum was taken into custody, without incident.
Out on bail, he was awaiting disciplinary action in what Fort Drum officials call "unit custody" in which he was confined to his barracks and watched by another soldier.
Officials said he fled custody and stole a vehicle from family members who were visiting from West Virginia.
Marcum, Keller said, led police on a chase through Jefferson, Oswego, Onondaga, Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties to Otsego County where they used a spike strip to damage the vehicle's tires, causing Marcum to lose control of the vehicle. Marcum then fled into a wooded area on foot (read our earlier coverage here).
Officials say on Friday evening, a vehicle was stolen from West Winfield, a village in Herkimer County. Just before 2:00 a.m. patrols saw the vehicle traveling on State Route 13 in the Ithaca area.
Authorities tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver, then identified as Marcum, refused to stop. Police say Marcum traveled into the town of Virgil, where he abandoned the vehicle, and fled into the woods on foot.
Marcum was arraigned in the town of Lansing Court on charges of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, 3rd Degree and Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle, 3rd Degree.
State Police say Marcum is being held at Tompkins County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Watertown, NY