Police: Wanted passenger took control of car at Schenectady traffic stop, sped off; Nearly dragged deputy

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SCHENECTADY – A city man wanted on arrest warrants took control of a car from the passenger side during a traffic stop and nearly dragged a Schenectady County Sheriff’s deputy as he sped off, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident, officials said.

Bernard L. Alexander, 38, of Bridge Street, was arrested a short time later, after he stopped the car and fled on foot, authorities said.

The incident happened Friday afternoon, just after 1 p.m. in the area of Howard Street and Main Avenue, authorities said.

Members of a Schenectady County law enforcement task force were out on Bridge Street and saw two people in a vehicle. They recognized one of them as Alexander, from a previous incident, and knew he was wanted on a bench warrant, police spokesman Officer Pat Irwin said.

The task force members then stopped the car. Alexander refused to give his name and was asked to get out of the car, Irwin said.

Once he was told he was under arrest, then “did physically wrestle operational control” from the driver and “did take control of the vehicle from the passenger side of the vehicle and accelerate at a high rate of speed on city streets,” according to allegations filed in court.

In doing so, Alexander created a grave risk of death to both the sheriff’s deputy at the driver’s side and to the driver, according to the allegations.

Alexander faces first-degree reckless endangerment counts for both the deputy and driver.

Alexander then abandoned the car two blocks away on Crane Street and was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and struggle, according to the allegations.

Alexander was also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

On the warrants, Alexander faces one count of second-degree assault, a felony, along with misdemeanor petit larceny and child endangerment, records show.

He is accused of hitting a woman in the head with a bottle at a Bridge Street address in June, causing her to lose consciousness, and doing so in the presence of a child, according to police allegations filed in court.

Alexander was arraigned and ordered held on $25,000 bail. He remained in custody Wednesday.

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