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Woman charged after Monday chase, Ballston crash

Woman charged after Monday chase, Ballston crash

Police do not believe man's death was suspicious in nature
Woman charged after Monday chase, Ballston crash
Briana M. Slurff
Photographer: New York State Police (inset); Shutterstock (background)

BALLSTON -- A Delanson woman connected to a Colonie death investigation faces multiple charges after leading police on a car chase Monday evening, state police said Tuesday.

The car chase resulted in injuries to a pedestrian in Schenectady and ended in a crash in Ballston that left a man injured, authorities said.

The woman, identified as Briana M. Slurff, 33, fled from police in Schenectady, driving into Scotia and up Route 50 at around 6 p.m., police said.

Once in Ballston, she ran a red light at Brookline Road and slammed into two other cars, police said. A man in one of the other vehicles suffered a leg injury and possible internal injuries, police said. He was taken to Saratoga Hospital for treatment.

Slurff suffered cuts to her face and knee. Police charged her with first-degree aggravated vehicular assault, stolen property possession and driving while ability impaired by drugs. She was arraigned and ordered held on $50,000 bail.

She was also charged with misdemeanor drug possession, accused of possessing a baggie believed to contain heroin, according to police.

Slurff was wanted by Colonie police who were investigating the death of a 50-year-old man whose body was found at the Lawrence Motel on Central Avenue Monday morning.

The man’s death is not considered suspicious, but it remains under investigation. The man has not been identified publicly. An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but his cause of death remains undetermined, pending toxicology, Colonie police said later.

Colonie police said they sought the woman, who was driving the deceased man’s vehicle, after she was seen in surveillance footage driving away from the motel parking lot. The stolen property possession count relates to allegations she took the vehicle from the Colonie motel.

Schenectady police later spotted Slurff in the car in Schenectady and tried to stop her. The vehicle earlier struck a pedestrian in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood, city police said.

No charges had been filed in connection with the Schenectady incident as of Tuesday; the pedestrian didn't appear to suffer serious injuries, police said Monday.

Slurff was driving with a suspended license and was convicted in 2014 in Rotterdam of driving while ability impaired by alcohol, according to police filings.

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