SCHENECTADY — The man accused of trying to run his ex-girlfriend off the road and then leading police on a chase through Schenectady before crashing into a car with children as passengers was ordered held Friday on $50,000 bail.
Judge Louise Sira set the bail for Warren Dixon at a hearing in the case, agreeing with a number offered by prosecutors. The defense asked for as little as $5,000 bail.
The prosecutor in the case also offered new information about the chase and its end. The pursuit ended shortly after Dixon's car struck one driven by a woman and carrying a 12-year-old and a 3-month-old.
The children suffered bruises, and the baby cried and screamed uncontrollably afterward until the child's father arrived to calm the baby somewhat, prosecutor William Sanderson said.
Dixon, 48, faces a host of charges in connection with the Sept. 29 incident, including felony criminal contempt, reckless endangerment and weapons counts.
The incident began just after 5:30 p.m. on Albany Street, according to court documents, as Dixon tried to run the woman off the road. She flagged down a city officer and then pointed out Dixon passing by. The officer went to pull him over, but Dixon immediately began to flee, driving into oncoming lanes to get away, Sanderson said.
Dixon continued to pass cars in oncoming lanes as the chase made its way to Broadway and to State Street and on to Brandywine Avenue. After more turns, he made it onto Watt Street, where he struck the car and pushed it into the grass. All three in the car were treated at Ellis Hospital, Sanderson said. The children were properly restrained.
Dixon then continued on and finally crashed into a fence at Jerry Street. Police found an illegal gravity knife and drugs with him, Sanderson said.
Dixon attorney Sven Paul argued for the lower bail, citing Dixon's strong ties to the community and that he has always shown up to court when asked in previous cases. He has felonies, but the most recent came 17 years ago, Paul noted. Paul also questioned Sanderson's account of events and elements of the case are "quite defensible."
Sanderson indicated that those prior felonies make Dixon eligible for persistent felony offender status, meaning, if pursued, he could face a sentence with life on the end. Sanderson said he is considering pursuing that.