Clifton Park

Northway chase in Clifton Park leads to driver’s arrest; Third chase for woman in two months, troopers say

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CLIFTON PARK – A chase early Wednesday on the Northway in Clifton Park ended with tire deflation devices and the driver’s arrest, state police said.

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The chase marked the third time in less than two months that the driver led troopers on a chase, state police said.

Josephina L. Pontore, 26, of Albany, was arrested after the latest incident and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and multiple misdemeanors.

The latest incident began shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday when troopers spotted a driver identified as Pontore make an illegal U-turn on the Northway northbound in Clifton Park.

Troopers then quickly discovered the car she was driving was a car reported stolen from the Sunoco on Loudon Road in Colonie early Tuesday evening, state police said.

Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Pontore refused to comply and a chase began. The pursuit continued north until just south of Exit 14 when her vehicle became disabled after driving over a tire deflation device, troopers said.

She then exited the vehicle and fled into the woods. Troopers then took her into custody after a brief foot chase, state police said.

A search after her arrest then revealed her to be in possession of stolen clothing, along with a small quantity of crack cocaine and heroin, state police said.

She was processed and released to appear in court later.

The incident came after two prior chases she is accused of leading troopers on, a foot chase March 27 in Brunswick and a car chase April 7 in Pittstown, state police said.

The foot chase came after a Walmart theft report, state police said. Troopers soon had her in custody. 

The April 7 car chase, however, also related to a reported stolen car. Troopers initially lost sight of that car, but found it again after it went off the road and caught fire, state police said. She was also arrested then after a brief foot chase, state police said.

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