FRANKFORT/ILION – What began as a traffic stop turned into a manhunt in the town of Frankfort and village of Ilion Friday afternoon, town of Frankfort police said Saturday.
At about 2 p.m. on July 28, officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Joseph R. Perrigo, 27, of St. Johnsville. While the officer was conducting an investigation, Perrigo fled the scene on foot, running into the nearby wooded swamp area between Route 5S and West Main Street in Ilion.
Officers from the town and village of Frankfort, village of Ilion, Mohawk and Herkimer police departments, the Herkimer County Probation Department and Canine Division of the New York State Police assisted in searching the area from the Ilion/town of Frankfort line to the Ilion Marina.
Perrigo initially eluded capture and remained at large throughout the evening.
On July 29, at about 1 p.m., Perrigo turned himself in to the Frankfort town police. He was processed on several vehicle and traffic offenses and obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree, police said. He was arraigned in town of Frankfort court and remanded to the custody of the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.