Slow-speed chase on log skidder leads to DWI arrest of Rome man

A Rome man is facing several criminal charges after a lengthy slow-speed police chase which began Wednesday afternoon.

Posted: Feb 20, 2019 6:09 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2019 9:12 AM

ROME, NY - A Rome man is facing several criminal charges after a lengthy slow-speed police chase which began Wednesday afternoon.

The incident began when state police were called to a farmhouse on Cemetery Road in Rome before 3 p.m. for a report of a domestic disturbance.


Charles David Anken III (photo: NYSP)

Troopers say 43-year-old Charles David Anken III of Rome was angry with his family. He left the property and drove his log skidder around the area, chasing after his father's pickup truck. 

Police were led on a pursuit for several hours, which at one point a Trooper was forced off of the road. Several roads were closed throughout the area while police chased after Anken.

State police say Anken eventually drove his log skidder off of the road into a field and wooded area near his home, where he abandoned it.

"At one point shortly around 6 p.m. we heard the logging steer start up again in the wooded area behind the residence, at which time our SORT team - our Special Operations Response Team - was able to take David into custody without incident," said Trooper Jack Keller, a state police spokesman.

Anken is charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment, DWI, and several traffic violations. He was taken to the Oneida County Jail and is awaiting arraignment.

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