Man wanted for rape arrested following police chase, collision


VILLAGE OF ILION — A Herkimer County man wanted on multiple arrest warrants for rape was taken into custody Tuesday night after a police chase and a head-on collision, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said Eric L. Henderson, 34, of 28 West St., was spotted sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked at the McDonald’s parking lot in Ilion at about 7:37 p.m. Police said Henderson was wanted on open warrants for four counts each of third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.

Several officers moved in on Henderson, at which point authorities said he intentionally backed his vehicle into a squad car and then narrowly missed hitting several officers as he drove off.

Police said Henderson fled westbound onto West Clark Street, where he crashed head-on with an oncoming vehicle. Police said Henderson climbed out of his damaged vehicle and tried to flee on foot.

He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

Henderson continued to fight with the officers while he was being taken into custody, authorities said. He was aided by another man, 24-year-old Chandler Z. Seelbach, of 9 Bridge St., St. Johnsville, police stated, who is accused of approaching the scene and trying to stop officers from taking Henderson into custody. Both men were eventually apprehended.

Henderson was treated and released from St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica for minor injuries, authorities said. He has been served with the warrants against him and he is scheduled to appear in court. Police said he will also face additional charges for the new incident.

Seelbach is charged with second-degree obstruction of a governmental administration and resisting arrest, police said. He was arraigned in court and was sent to Herkimer County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court.

The driver of the second vehicle in the accident was taken to University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment, authorities said. A passenger in Henderson’s vehicle was treated for minor injuries at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Police said the investigation is continuing.


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