A pair of Schenectady men wanted on state parole warrants were arrested Thursday after allegedly fleeing sheriff’s deputies investigating illegal drug sales in the town of Malta.
Deputies from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office said they observed Michael Edwards, 22, and Aaron Ketchmore, 21, selling crack cocaine Thursday from inside a car parked at the Exit 12 Park and Ride. Another man was in the vehicle at the time, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release issued Friday.
When the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit pursued the men, they attempted to flee, striking and damaging a sheriff’s patrol car.
At the intersection of State Route 67 and State Farm Place, Edwards, who was driving, jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. While Ketchmore and the third man were being taken into custody, members of the narcotics unit, road patrol, K-9 unit, state police and state police aviation unit began looking for Edwards. He was found near Shenantaha Park on Eastline Road and taken into custody.
Both Edwards and Ketchmore had existing state parole warrants from previous drug charges and were arraigned in the town of Malta Justice Court.
Edwards, of 315 Duane Ave., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, unlawful fleeing from police in a motor vehicle, and multiple vehicle and traffic violations.
Ketchmore, of 34 Columbia St., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Both men were sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond, and are set to appear in court Wednesday.