City police said a local man already wanted on three arrest warrants possessed heroin when he led them on a reckless chase through downtown Saratoga Springs late on St. Patrick’s Day.
Michael J. Cole, 28, of Jones Road, was charged with a felony count of second-degree assault plus misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, unlawful fleeing from a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, resisting arrest and aggravated unlicensed operation. He also faces a slew of violations ranging from marijuana possession to failing to comply with a lawful order from police.
Lt. Robert Jillson said Cole was seen committing several traffic violations while driving a 1994 Ford Ranger pickup on Union Avenue around 9:40 p.m. Monday. Officers in a marked police vehicle attempted to stop him as he turned onto East Avenue, but he instead accelerated.
After crossing Route 50, Cole attempted to turn onto Catherine Street, but lost control of his truck and crashed into a snow bank, police said. Cole attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended a short time later after police jolted him with a Taser in the backyard of a nearby house. An officer was hurt in the incident, leading to the assault charge.
Police also determined Cole had outstanding warrants on two counts of criminal contempt and one count of aggravated harassment. He was sent to the Saratoga County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond on the charges stemming from the chase.