Motorcyclist injured, charged with fleeing deputy in Lee

Published Aug 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF LEE — A 57-year-old motorcyclist was hospitalized after law enforcers said he crashed while trying to flee from a pursuing sheriff’s deputy.

Authorities said Mantle Connelly, of Lee, was speeding on Lee Center-Taberg Road at about 4:45 p.m. when a deputy spotted him passing another motorist unsafely. The deputy hit his lights and siren and started to pursue, and authorities said Connelly sped up and tried to get away.

Near the intersection with Palmer Road, authorities said Connelly failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and his motorcycle crashed into a ditch. Authorities said Connelly was thrown off the bike and suffered minor injuries. He was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.

Connelly has been charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer and numerous vehicle and traffic violations, authorities said. He is scheduled to appear in Town Court.

Deputies said the accident remains under investigation.