ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A Tompkins County Sheriff Office patrol car was damaged in a hit and run while responding to an emergency call today. According to the Ithaca Police Department, the driver who struck the sheriff's vehicle abandoned his car and fled the scene. 

Police say they located the driver only minutes later near the intersection of W. Court St. and Washington
St. The suspected driver was taken into custody on charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation.

The identity of the suspect and the officer has yet to be released. The officer involved in the collision was medically evaluated and released. According to police an investigation determined the driver was at fault for the accident with the patrol car. 

Ithaca Police say they are continuing to investigate. If you have any information regarding this situation the I.P.D. asks that you contact them at, 

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Police Tipline: 607-330-0000
Anonymous Email Tip Address:

WENY News will continue to follow this story and will update it if more information becomes available.