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Police: Man chasing ex-girlfriend flees officer, hits car carrying kids

Police: Man chasing ex-girlfriend flees officer, hits car carrying kids

He faces host of charges; no injuries reported
Police: Man chasing ex-girlfriend flees officer, hits car carrying kids
Warren Dixon.
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SCHENECTADY — A city man attempted to run his ex-girlfriend off the road Friday, then fled from officers and struck a car with children inside, authorities said.

No injuries were reported throughout the incident, but the man — identified as Warren Dixon, 48 — is now facing a host of charges, including felony drug possession.

The incident began just after 5:30 p.m. Friday on Albany Street, according to court documents.

Dixon, of Rugby Road, is accused of using his 2010 Mercedes to run her car off the road as she drove. 

The woman later told police she feared for her life as Dixon proceeded to chase her for several miles until she could flag down city officer Kevin Derkowski near the corner of Albany and Craig streets, according to documents. The woman also had an order of protection against Dixon.

Derkowski then tried to pull over Dixon in the area of State and Steuben streets, but Dixon refused to stop and fled in excess of 25 mph over the posted speed limit through heavily trafficked intersections. Documents identify one intersection as Albany Street and Brandywine Avenue.

He then struck a vehicle near the intersection of Watt Street and Southgate Drive.

Three people — ages 20, 11 and 3 months — were inside the vehicle that was struck, according to documents.

Police caught up with Dixon near the corner of Jerry and Watt streets. There, Dixon possessed cocaine and an illegal gravity knife inside his waistband, according to documents.

In the order he allegedly committed them, Dixon faces one count of second-degree attempted assault and first-degree criminal contempt, both felonies, and fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor. 

He faces charges of unlawfully fleeing a police officer, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, all misdemeanors.

Police filed four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, misdemeanors, against Dixon, one related to an intersection and three related to occupants of the car struck. He also faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors, for the two children in the car.

He faces one count of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and multiple vehicle and traffic violations.

Police then charged him with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, related to the drugs allegedly found, and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, related to the gravity knife. The knife charge was enhanced due to prior convictions.

Dixon remained at the Schenectady County jail Friday, held without bail.

Dixon previously faced similar allegations. In June 2010, he was accused of chasing a woman and 12-year-old child around the city in a car, newspaper records show. At one point in that incident, he was accused of driving head-on at the woman, forcing her to swerve out of the way.

Dixon faced misdemeanor charges in that case; the outcome of the 2010 case was not clear Monday evening.

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