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Police: Driver with three children, woman in car hit 130 mph in Sunday chase

Police: Driver with three children, woman in car hit 130 mph in Sunday chase

The children appeared uninjured at the scene
Police: Driver with three children, woman in car hit 130 mph in Sunday chase
Rotterdam Police officer Dakota Aker talks to a boy who was a passenger in a car that crashed on I-890.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

GLENVILLE - A Schenectady man led police on a high-speed chase Sunday evening that hit speeds of 130 mph - all with three young children and a woman in his car, authorities said. 

The chase ran through Glenville on Route 5 and into Rotterdam, Schenectady and Rotterdam again on Interstate 890.

It ended in a crash into a guide rail at about 5:30 p.m. after the driver appeared to exit 890 at Highbridge Road and tried to get back on the interstate.


Sanchez' damaged car. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

All three children and the woman were uninjured in the crash, police said.

The driver, identified in court documents as 22-year-old John L. Sanchez, of Bridge Street, Schenectady, now faces a total of four counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, felonies, one for each child in the car.

Paperwork gave the ages of the children as 6, 4 and 8 months. A 23-year-old woman was also in the car.

One child could be seen holding a teddy bear at the scene, a kneeling Rotterdam officer speaking with him.


John L. Sanchez (Glenville Police)

Police said Sanchez told officers later he fled because he had a suspended license. Among the other charges he faces is one count of aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. 

The incident began in Montgomery County as deputies there reported the driver had cut off a motorcycle and traveled at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued for a time, but broke it off and radioed information on to other agencies. Glenville officers then picked up the car eastbound on Route 5. The driver again sped off and police pursued. Rotterdam police and state police assisted. 

Sanchez also faces a host of other charges, including fleeing an officer and reckless driving, misdemeanors.

He is accused of going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 5 and then 80 in a 45 and then 130 in a 55 mph zone on Route 5, court documents read.

The Sunday incident follows an earlier Sanchez arrest in Schenectady in April 2017, records show.

Sanchez was arrested then by city police, accused of taking his girlfriend's car and trying to run her down with it, according to court documents filed then. The woman had to run behind a telephone pole to avoid being struck. He faced reckless endangerment and grand larceny counts and later pleaded guilty in the case to petit larceny and received 60 days in jail, records show.

Sanchez was arraigned on Sunday's in Glenville Town Court and ordered held on $10,000 bail.

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