Wild Chase In Big Flats

September 14, 2022

BIG FLATS, NY – The Chemung County Sheriff’s Department reports a woman who was at a hotel in Big Flats, called 9-1-1, on Wednesday morning around 9am, saying that her boyfriend, Michael J Petix, cut her in the head. Officials say that Petix, took off before deputies got there, then when deputies found him, the boyfriend allegedly pulled a knife. According to officials, Petix ran across the highway, causing several accidents because drivers swerved to miss him. Then, Petix is said to have gotten into several cars and jumped on to the back of a pickup truck, so then the driver of the pickup truck refused to drive any farther. Then, Petix pulled out a knife and started to cut his own throat, so deputies tased him to stop him from killing himself. Petix is in serious condition. They say if you witnessed this or if he tried to get into your vehicle, please contact the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 607-737-2933.