BALLSTON SPA – Two juveniles who led police on a chase from Scotia to Ballston Spa and touched off a large search for them in Ballston Spa Saturday were in a stolen car that had possibly been involved in an incident in Schenectady, police in Scotia said Sunday.
Both individuals who had been in the car were were taken into custody, police said. Police did not release their names due to their ages.
The incident began about 6 p.m. Saturday in the Village of Scotia when an officer attempted to stop a white colored SUV, police said.
The officer noticed a rear passenger window had been smashed out and the officer then confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Albany, police said. The officer also observed two occupants inside.
The officer then attempted to stop the SUV, but the driver refused to stop and soon led police on a chase, police said.
The driver first headed west toward Amsterdam, then north into Saratoga County, police said.
During the pursuit, officers also received information that the vehicle had been involved in an incident in Schenectady involving a possible shooting, Scotia police said.
The information related on Schenectady incident was that it possibly involved an imitation gun or BB gun, where windows were smashed out, Scotia Police Chief Daniel P. Harrigan Sr. said in the release. Further information on that was not available from Schenectady police Sunday.
The chase soon ended on Prospect Street in Ballston Spa and the two people inside the vehicle fled on foot. A ground search soon began near the Saratoga County Fairground. The search involved officers on the ground and a helicopter.
The search led Ballston Spa Police to put out a warning on Facebook just before 7 p.m. Saturday telling people to stay away from the Prospect and Bath street areas near the trail, asking residents to call 911 if they saw “anyone not in uniform going through your yard.”
Police then put out a follow up at 12:45 a.m., thanking everyone for their cooperation.
Harrigan also thanked the agencies involved in the chase and search, the state police, Ballston Spa Police and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.
In their own release