Albany County sheriff’s deputies arrested an Albany man early this morning after he crashed his vehicle following a high-speed chase that topped 100 miles per hour.
At about 2:45 a.m., two women in either their late teens or early 20s approached a deputy who had pulled into the Mobil gas station at the intersection of Route 155 and Route 5 in Colonie. They pointed to a dark-colored minivan and said a man, identified later as 18-year-old Ryan C. Jones of Albany, was trying to get them into his van, according to a press release from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.
As they were telling their story, the van started to leave the gas station. The deputy activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle did stop briefly in the parking lot of Kmart behind the gas station, but before the deputy could exit his vehicle, Jones allegedly took off at a high rate of speed.
Jones nearly collided with two other vehicles as he ran through a red light at the intersection of Route 155 and Albany Street, police said. The pursuit ended when he crashed into a guard rail, street pole and power transformer, causing significant damage to his vehicle and knocking out power and traffic signals in the area.
Jones then allegedly fled on foot from the crash scene into a nearby wooded area. He was caught a short distance into the woods and taken into custody without further incident.
Jones was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a Class D felony, and misdemeanors of fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and reckless driving, as well as a number of vehicle and traffic violations.
Jones was arraigned in the Town of Colonie Court and remanded without bail to the Albany County Correctional Facility. The investigation is continuing.
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