Schenectady patrol car hits two Eastern Avenue houses Thursday morning

Det. James Claus, right, takes photos at the scene Thursday
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Det. James Claus, right, takes photos at the scene Thursday

SCHENECTADY – A Schenectady patrol car struck two houses on Eastern Avenue Thursday morning.

No one was hurt in the incident, including the officer or anyone in the buildings, police said.

The crash happened at about 6:45 a.m. as the officer’s patrol vehicle hit the two houses at 747 and 751 Eastern Ave.

Damage could be seen along the front of one residence and the patrol car came to rest at the front steps of the other, smashing its railings.

A city police release later did not include a potential cause. Information at the scene Thursday morning indicated black ice as a possibility, but city police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing declined to offer a possible cause and said the cause continued to be investigated by the department’s traffic division.

Dearing later Thursday identified the officer as Patrolman Josh Clifford. There has been no impact Thursday on the officer’s duty status as a result of the incident, Dearing said.

Josh Clifford joined the force in February 2021 and is the nephew of Chief Eric Clifford, newspaper records show.

A member of the department’s Evidence Technician Unit was called to the scene for photographs, police said.

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The scene as it appeared in August 2021, via Google StreetView


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