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Man allegedly drove 144 mph during police chase

Man allegedly drove 144 mph during police chase

A driver clocked at more than twice the Thruway speed limit — 144 mph — led police on a chase up the

A driver clocked at more than twice the Thruway speed limit — 144 mph — led police on a chase up the interstate to Colonie on Friday, police said Wednesday.

The chase ended at the Exit 24 toll plaza when police were able to force him to stop his vehicle, police said. They charged Pedro D. Ramirez-Cuebas III, 21, of Yonkers, with a felony for endangering others on the road.

No one was hurt.

The incident began at about 9:43 p.m. Friday on Interstate 87 north in the town of Coeymans, police said. That’s when troopers clocked the man’s car going 144 miles per hour. The speed limit is 65 mph.

Troopers tried to pull him over, but he refused and kept going at a high rate of speed, police said. In the process, he weaved in and out of traffic, turning his headlights on and off as he went, police said.

The pursuit ended more than 15 miles from where it began.

Ramirez-Cuebas faces one count of first-degree reckless endangerment for allegedly endangering other drivers on the road.

He also faces a misdemeanor count of unlawful fleeing a police officer and a violation count of unlawful possession of marijuana.

Ramirez-Cuebas was arraigned and ordered held at the Albany County Jail. He is to return to Coeymans Town Court later this month.

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