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Police: Drunk driver leads Saratoga Springs chase

Police: Drunk driver leads Saratoga Springs chase

Authorities used 'stop sticks' to puncture fleeing motorist's tires
Police: Drunk driver leads Saratoga Springs chase
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Ballston Spa motorist led police on a miles-long chase Wednesday evening that ended when police used a device to deflate his tires, police said.

The driver, identified as Jonathan Joyal, 25, of Ballston Spa, faces charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, both misdemeanors, and a host of violations, police spokesman Lt. Robert Jillson said.

The chase started about 9:30 p.m. on Broadway when police tried to stop Joyal. He led police down Route 50 to Geyser Road and Rowland Street at speeds of up to 70 mph, Jillson said. That is about 15 mph higher than the speed limit on parts of the route. 

"He just wouldn't stop," Jillson said.

Joyal eventually made it back to Saratoga Springs, where police used "stop sticks" to puncture his driver's-side tires, Jillson said.

The car came to a rest, and police took Joyal into custody without further incident. 

Jillson estimated the entire incident lasted about 20 minutes. The state police and sheriff's office took over the lead outside the city, and city police took back over once the chase returned to the city, Jillson said.

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