WATERTOWN, NY — The Watertown Police Department released the following statement on Friday, Sept. 17:
“On 09/16/2021, a Metro Jeff Drug Task Force detective saw a parole absconder operating a Dodge Caravan in the city. Uniformed patrol officers were advised and responded to the area. Off. M. McAdoo observed the vehicle traveling east in the 1700 block of State St. and attempted to stop the vehicle. The van slowed down and pulled to the side of the road, as if to stop. When Off. McAdoo pulled behind the van, the operator accelerated and fled east of State St. out of the city. He reached a speed of 50 mph. in the city and continued to accelerate. The operator turned left onto the Weaver Road but lost control and struck a utility pole. The operator exited the vehicle and ran into the residential backyards. Off. McAdoo
attempted to stop the suspect but lost sight of him in the heavily wooded area.
Several police and parole officers responded to the area to assist in a search. At 1:58 PM, the suspect was located and arrested.
During an article search of the area, K9 Ricky and his handler Off. W. McConnell located several bags of suspected drugs package for sale, which had been abandoned by the suspect. The drugs contained cocaine and fentanyl.
The suspect is identified as 41-year-old Ronnell D. Wilson of 22453 Eacho Dr. Watertown, NY. He was charged with two counts of NYS Penal Law Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony; Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and
Resisting Arrest, a class A misdemeanor. He was also charged with NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law Reckless Driving, an unclassed misdemeanor and infractions of Unlicensed Driving and Failed to Use the Designated Lane. He is currently being held on no bail in the Jefferson County Jail.
Our officers were assisted by the Metro Jeff Drug Task Force, New York State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff Office, and the New York State Parole. Due to the damaged utility pole the Town of Watertown Fire Department and National Grid were called to the scene. The road was temporarily closed for repair
Joseph R. Donoghue Sr.