A police chase that started in Niskayuna on Thursday morning ended in Schenectady when the driver crashed his vehicle into a light pole near the corner of State Street and Nott Terrace.
Niskayuna police pulled over a 2000 Infiniti 130 near the corner of Consaul Road and Marshall Avenue shortly before 9 a.m. for undisclosed traffic violations. The driver — Monyata S. Burton of Schenectady — fled the scene, initiating a pursuit, Niskayuna police said.
Officers chased the car westbound on State Street until the vehicle crashed into a light pole, knocking it over. Burton tried to flee on foot, police said, but was caught and taken into custody by officers from the Niskayuna and Schenectady police departments.
Burton, 41, refused medical attention at the scene. No others were injured in the chase or crash, police said.
Burton was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer, resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving, and several vehicle and traffic infractions, police said. He was arraigned in Niskayuna Town Court and sent to the Schenectady County jail.
The road in the vicinity of the crash was closed for about an hour due to cleanup, but had reopened to traffic by about 10:30 a.m. A portion of the sidewalk, where the light pole once stood, remained marked off with cones and caution tape.
A National Grid vehicle arrived a short time later to inspect the scene, though there was no reported loss of service in the area.