Utica (WSYR-TV) – A Utica man sought by State Police after a chase that ended in a serious car crash in which two people were injured is facing additional charges alleging that he abused a pitbull.
Henry Lumpkin, 22, was found hiding in a basement of a Utica home on Sunday after police received tips regarding his whereabouts. State Police charged him with two counts of assault, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of fleeing a police officer, and multiple traffic violations as well as parole violation stemming from the April 27 chase, which he ran away from.
In addition, Utica Police charged Lumpkin in connection to an April 20 incident in which they allege he and the woman “played tug of war” using the pitbull. After wresting the dog away from the female, police say Lumpkin carried the dog by one leg back to his apartment. He also reportedly threw the dog down onto a driveway.
Police say Lumpkin was uncooperative during the April 20 incident, throwing himself down onto the ground and then refusing to move. He was charged with torturing and injuring animals, a misdemeanor.