Rotterdam man accused of fleeing police, injuring officer

Tommy J. Ehlers (inset); A Colonie police car in 2015 (background)
Tommy J. Ehlers (inset); A Colonie police car in 2015 (background)

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COLONIE – A Rotterdam man impaired by drugs led police on a brief chase Saturday that left a Colonie officer injured and the man in custody on multiple felonies, police said.

The officer injured was treated and released from Albany Medical Center, police said. The Rotterdam driver was unhurt.

Police identified the suspect as Tommy J. Ehlers, 28, of 1034 Theodore Road. He faces charges of second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal mischief, all felonies. He also faces a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs, police said.

The incident began shortly after 4 p.m. on Central Avenue when a Colonie police sergeant spotted Ehlers near Jupiter Lane speeding through the center median, police said. The sergeant followed and got Ehlers plate as the vehicle slowed for traffic. The sergeant then tried to stop Ehlers, but Ehlers sped off and eventually struck the officer’s patrol car, police said.

Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident or has information to contact them at 518-783-2744.


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