SCHENECTADY – A Schenectady man has been charged after he led police on a car chase Thursday from Clifton Park to Schenectady and rammed his car into a police vehicle, all after robbing someone in the Halfmoon Walmart parking lot, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department and state police reported Friday.
No injuries were reported in the incident.
Travis Maderic, 31, faces one count of second-degree robbery, a felony, in the Halfmoon incident and second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and second-degree reckless endangerment and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, misdemeanors, related to the chase.
Maderic is accused of stealing $530 from someone in the parking lot while displaying what appeared to be a weapon, sheriff’s officials said.
Maderic fled the scene after the robbery, but a state trooper on Grooms Road in Clifton Park identified the vehicle connected to the suspect and pulled it over., police said. The driver, later identified as Maderic, stopped but, after the trooper got out of his car, the driver fled and the chase began.
Troopers pursued Maderic to Schenectady, where he ultimately became trapped on a dead-end street. Madric then rammed the trooper car head-on, state police said.
Maderic continued to flee, but was captured and turned over to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. He was arraigned on the charge there and ordered held on bail.