SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Lake Luzerne man arrested after a high-speed chase in Saratoga County on Wednesday now faces additional charges for allegedly ramming a Saratoga Springs police vehicle during an earlier incident.
City police said Friday that Dennis J.L. Lescault, 28, was arrested on felony charges including assault with intent to injure a police officer, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal mischief, and a half-dozen misdemeanor charges. He was arraigned and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or a $30,000 bond.
The charges stem from a Nov. 26 incident in the city, in which the suspect left the city without being apprehended.
In that incident, a Jeep Liberty was stopped on Spring Street near Henry at about 7 a.m. When an officer approached the vehicle, it accelerated away, turning south on Circular Street and proceeding to Whitney Place. It then entered Greenridge Cemetery and circled the inside of the cemetery. As it left, it rammed the driver’s side door of a police car with its emergency lights on. Police said it was adjacent to the cemetery exit, but not blocking it. The officer was not injured.
The Jeep headed south out of the city on Route 9 and police stopped their pursuit, but they were able to identify Lescault as a person of interest.
Early Wednesday morning, sheriff’s deputies on Interstate-87 in Malta tried to stop Lescault for not signaling a lane change, leading to a high-speed chase that ended with his capture. He faces separate charges for that incident, including aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while impaired by drugs, and reckless driving.
That chase went from the Northway to Route 50 and then local roads in Wilton. Lescault’s vehicle wasn’t stopped until after it hit a spike strip deployed by state police, officials said.