It was an arrest that made headlines far beyond Cayuga County. State police were north of Weedsport on Aug. 6, 2018, when they spotted the vehicle of a man wanted on an arrest warrant. Troopers tried to pull him over, but the driver refused to comply. He hit a trooper’s marked car, then took police on a 15-mile chase where speeds reached 107 mph. Troopers stopped their pursuit just outside of Auburn; it had become too dangerous. But police tracked the driver down the next day at a Sennett hotel.
Eight days later, the suspect in that headline-making chase was in Cayuga County Jail, giving a sworn statement to Auburn Police Department Sgt. Timothy Spingler, head of the multi-agency Finger Lakes Drug Task Force. But Spingler wasn’t there to ask about the chase or the charges the driver was facing. Instead, he wanted to know about an APD sergeant named Stephan McLoughlin.