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Non-suspicious death investigation leads to chase, Ballston crash

Non-suspicious death investigation leads to chase, Ballston crash

Female driver arrested by state police
Non-suspicious death investigation leads to chase, Ballston crash
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BALLSTON -- A woman was in custody following a chase that began in Schenectady and ended in a crash near the intersection of Brookline Road and Route 50.

It started after the Colonie Police Department began investigating the death of a 50-year-old male found at the Lawrence Motel on Central Avenue Monday morning, according to Colonie police Lt. Robert Winn, spokesman for the department.

Tuesday Update: Woman charged in Monday chase, Ballston crash

Winn said the man’s death was not considered suspicious, but it's still under investigation. He declined to reveal the man’s identity.

Winn said they were looking for the woman and the man’s vehicle after she was seen in surveillance footage driving away from the motel parking lot.

Schenectady police Sgt. Matt Dearing, spokesman for that department, said Schenectady police officers tried to pull the vehicle over when it was spotted in the city at the request of the Colonie Police Department. He said the vehicle had also been involved in a pedestrian hit-and-run incident earlier in the day in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood.

Dearing said the car would not stop when they tried to pull it over and that it eventually traveled up Route 50. That’s when state troopers, who are now handling the investigation, got involved.

The woman's vehicle eventually crashed into other cars, but it was unclear how many were involved.

A call to the state police was not immediately returned.

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Schenectady police Officer Nicolas Mannix, also a Schenectady police spokesman, said the woman, who was not identified, was in state police custody. He said she has pending vehicle and traffic violations in Schenectady, but said they are still investigating the incident.

The pedestrian hit by her vehicle didn’t appear to be suffering from any serious injuries, Mannix said. He was not sure where the victim was taken to be treated.

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