Saratoga Springs foot chases net drug arrests
SARATOGA SPRINGS Two men ended up in lockup Saturday morning after leading police on separate foot chases through Saratoga Springs — the first around last call and the second several hours later, according to a news release issued today.
A security guard at Desperate Annie’s Bar approached police officers on Caroline Street around 3:50 a.m. to let them know they had a person causing problems inside who refused to leave. As the officers approached the front door, the security guard identified a man pushing his way out of the bar as the culprit.
Officers attempted to stop the man, later identified as 26-year-old Nicholas W. Callahan, of Stillwater, but he pushed officers out of his way and ran down the street. Police chased him on foot for about two blocks before taking him down on Henry Street in front of the library.
Callahan was arrested and taken to the police department, where he was accused of being in possession of cocaine and pills identified as Schedule II controlled narcotics. Officers finished processing him and held him until his arraignment.
At the end of the night, Callahan had racked up a felony charge and multiple misdemeanor charges including: second-degree assault and preventing police in the course of performing their duty, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Several hours later at 9:45 a.m., officers noticed what they described as suspicious activity near a vehicle outside the Putnam Den bar. They approached the car and began speaking with the driver, at the same time noticing that the passenger began acting “very nervous,” according to the release.
Officers asked the passenger, 22-year-old Zebadiah J. Jackson, of Troy, to step out of the vehicle. When he did, police say he pushed an officer out of the way and took off running. Police chased him on foot a few hundred yards and apprehended him.
Jackson was arrested, processed and held pending arraignment. He faces several misdemeanor charges, including fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, obstructing governmental administration, second-degree resisting arrest and an open container violation.