Police officer pulls hamstring in foot pursuit

A police officer pulled a hamstring and was hospitalized while chasing a teen-age suspect at the Fort Stanwix National Monument Friday afternoon.

Police said Dakotah J. Cayton, 18, of 107 River St., was wanted on multiple arrest warrants for menacing, harassment and failure to pay court fees. Three officers attempted to arrest Cayton at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Denny’s restaurant at 200 S. James St., but instead he led them on a short foot pursuit across Erie Boulevard.

Police said the three officers pursued Cayton as he ran across James Street and the boulevard, then tried to flee through the Fort Stanwix National Monument. Police said Cayton was finally stopped and arrested on the lawn of the park, without making it to the fort itself.

During the chase, police said one officer pulled a hamstring and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The officer’s name was not released, and officials today said it is so far unknown if he will miss any work.

Cayton is charged with resisting arrest, as well as the warrants for second-degree menacing, second-degree harassment and more, police said. He was held in lockup overnight to await arraignment in City Court this morning.