Police: Man on dirt bike led officers on Wednesday chase, found with gun

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SCHENECTADY A man on a dirt bike led city police on a chase Wednesday and, when it ended, officers found him in illegal possession of a gun, authorities said.

Matthew A. Shaver, 22, of Altamont, was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and multiple misdemeanors.

Shaver is accused of fleeing police on a dirt bike just after 4:30 p.m. on Watt Street, refusing to stop, according to allegations filed in court.

He reached speeds in excess of 31 mph over the speed limit and weaved in between cars, drove in oncoming lanes and on the sidewalk, according to the allegations.

He eventually lost control of the bike and fell at Watt Street and Southgate Drive, but attempted to get back on it before being arrested, according to the allegations.

Officers then found him in possession of a loaded Glock 9X19 handgun, according to the allegations.

In addition to the weapons count, Shaver faces one count each of unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and resisting arrest, misdemeanors, and violation operating an offroad vehicle on a public road.

Shaver was arraigned and later released after posting $20,000 bail, officials said.

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