New York fugitive arrested after chase in Cheatham County, Tennessee

New York fugitive arrested after chase in Cheatham County, Tennessee

New York fugitive arrested after chase in Cheatham County, Tennessee

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Cheatham and Dickson County law enforcement officers arrested a fugitive wanted for robbery in New York and auto theft in Pennsylvania.

Officials with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office in New York told News 2 that Christopher Salonis allegedly pointed a gun at a gas station employee he knew.

According to officials, Salonis allegedly told the employee to give him the money he had with him, then allegedly punched him in the face and left.

The police chief of Bradford, Pennsylvania, just across the county’s border from New York, told News 2 that Salonis stole a Chevrolet Malibu from his jurisdiction.

According to the Cheatham County arrest report, Salonis was first seen in West Kingston Springs.

Officer Ronald Perkins used his car’s LPR system and found the stolen vehicle. When the officer activated his blue lights, Salonis drove off.

According to the report, Salonis crossed into the other lane of traffic several times. At one point, Salonis stopped and made a U-turn, driving toward Perkins.

Later, as the chase crossed into Dickson County, Salonis allegedly drove toward a White Bluff police officer. Cheatham County deputies and Dickson law enforcement officers managed to spike Salonis’ tires, and it wasn’t long before the tires began to shred and the Malibu lost traction.

At the end of the chase, Salonis lost control and his vehicle went off the road onto an embankment, spun once and came to rest in a field.

The agents and law enforcement officers charged at Salonis who attempted to flee.

Salonis was approached, but did not surrender easily; Officers reportedly had to use a stun gun to subdue him.

In body camera footage, officers said they saw Salonis light up what they thought was a cigarette moments before the crash, but after speaking with the fugitive, officers were more convinced Salonis was smoking drugs before the crash.

Once Salonis was in the back of the police car, the officer reminded him of the danger he put everyone in.

Salonis is charged locally with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, theft of a motor vehicle, driving with a revoked license and being a fugitive from justice.

New York is also holding Salonis on felony charges in that jurisdiction.