ALBANY – A man has been arrested, accused of hitting an empty CDTA bus and the fleeing a car, while leaving behind a loaded gun, all after being spotted by a state police trooper speeding, police said Friday.
No passengers were on the bus at the time of the May 9 incident and the driver was uninjured, police said.
Inside the man’s car, however, police found a loaded 9mm handgun, an un-serialized “ghost” gun, police said.
Police caught up with the man, identified as Jalon Roberts, 26, of Albany, Tuesday, police said. He now faces one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.
The incident began just after 3 p.m. May 9. A trooper then spotted the vehicle driven by Roberts speeding south on Interstate 787, police said.
The trooper could not immediately catch up with the vehicle, but located it a short time later after the driver failed to negotiate the ramp at South Pearl Street and collided with the bus, police said.
An investigation soon revealed that the vehicle was a rental car and that Roberts was the driver, police said. Roberts turned himself in to police Tuesday. He was arraigned and released to probation supervision.