A St. Johnsville man led deputies on a chase through Gloversville and the town of Johnstown before crashing his vehicle into a house Monday night, Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said.
No one was injured in the incident. Brennan Rhodes, 26, of 550 Mud Road, was charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, criminal possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation.
His passenger, Kade Zappia, 26, of 135 Hagadorn Mills Road, Broadalbin, was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance outside of a container in which it was dispensed.
Lorey gave the following account:
A deputy on patrol with a license plate-reading device got a hit on Rhodes’ plate showing the driver had an outstanding warrant out of Fulton County Court.
The deputy stopped the vehicle on State Highway 29A at 11:03 p.m. and told the driver he was wanted on a warrant, at which point the driver took off.
The deputy radioed he was in pursuit of the vehicle and followed it along East Fulton Street in the city. Four police vehicles eventually joined the pursuit, which exceeded the city’s speed limit of 30 mph.
Authorities followed the suspect’s vehicle on West Fulton Street in the city and on West State Street Extension in the town of Johnstown. The suspect’s vehicle then traveled along State Highway 309 and crossed onto West Eleventh Avenue and onto Bleecker Street in the city.
Around 11:45 p.m., the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a house at West Eleventh Avenue and Foster Street. The extent of the damage is unknown.
The suspects then ran away from the vehicle, with officers following. After a short chase, they were apprehended.
Rhodes was taken to a hospital for treatment of a suspected drug reaction while Zappia was sent to the Fulton County Correctional Facility.
Lorey said Rhodes fled because, “I suspect, he did not want to go to jail. He had a warrant and could have been taken in that night.”
A passer-by filmed the chase and posted the video on the Facebook page of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Association.