December 2, 2021

Village chase ends in arrest

Following pursuit and search, Homer man accused of making meth

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

State police troopers investigate near the scene of where David M. Bucanelli’s vehicle was stopped Tuesday on Cherry Street in Homer.

A Homer man was charged with making methamphetamine Tuesday morning, following a chase through the village and an hours-long search of his vehicle on Cherry Street.

David M. Bucanelli, 32, of Homer, was charged with third-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, a felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substances and driving while ability impaired by drugs, misdemeanors.

Police from State Troop C in Homer tried to stop a vehicle Bucanelli was operating at 12:28 a.m. Tuesday on Route 11 in the village of Homer but he refused to comply, state police said in a release Tuesday afternoon. Bucanelli traveled down several streets before coming to a stop on Cherry Street, where he was arrested.

The narrow street adorned with small houses was filled with the rumble of fire truck engines as members of the Homer Fire Department closed the street between Greenwich and Cayuga streets while troopers examined the scene for more than 12 hours.

Neighbors watched as investigators wearing respirators and safety gear searched the car and examined what they found.

Troopers found drugs and components to make methamphetamines, but state police spokeswoman Aga Dembinksa declined to give details Tuesday afternoon.

Bucanelli was processed and will be arraigned at Homer Town Court at a later date. Bucanelli was not in Cortland County Jail this morning.