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Police: Amsterdam man leads officers on multi-county chase

Police: Amsterdam man leads officers on multi-county chase

He initially led police on another chase that officers broke off, police say
Police: Amsterdam man leads officers on multi-county chase
Nicholas Murray
Photographer: Amsterdam Police Department (inset); shutterstock (background)

AMSTERDAM -- An Amsterdam man wanted in connection with a domestic violence incident led police on a multi-county chase Wednesday that ended when his van broke down and officers pulled him from the vehicle, police said.

Two Amsterdam officers suffered minor injuries while apprehending Nicholas D. Murray, 26, of 37 Guy Park Ave, according to police. During the chase, Murray also intentionally sideswiped a state trooper car, according to the police report. No injuries were reported to the trooper who was driving that vehicle.

Murray now faces multiple misdemeanor counts and nearly two dozen traffic tickets, and state police are expected to file additional charges, police said.

In all, the incident involved two separate chases. The first involved city and state police chasing the van to the Saratoga County line before breaking off pursuit. The second began a short time later, when Murray returned to Amsterdam and officers renewed the chase, police said.

The incident began at about 4:10 p.m., after police received a 911 call from Murray's residence. A woman there said Murray punched her in the face in the presence of her two young children, police said.

She told police Murray had just gotten into his van on nearby Kimball Street and was driving away. Officers first attempted to stop the van as it was heading north on Kimball at a high rate of speed, but Murray refused to stop and fled the city by way of Route 30, police said. 

City officers and state troopers chased him into Fulton County, then onto Route 29 before ending the pursuit for safety reasons at the Saratoga County line, police said.

City police received another call at 5:42 p.m. that Murray had returned to the city, had a knife and was back near his residence. Officers found the van on Guy Park Avenue, near Wall Street, and Murray again fled from police, this time driving west to Route 5. The ensuing chase continued to Fonda, where Murray sideswiped the trooper car, police said. He then turned north on Route 30A toward Johnstown, according to the police report.

Among the expected additional charges to be filed by the state police is a felony criminal mischief count related to damaged cruiser.

 

Murray's van sustained heavy damage in the collision, including to one tire, but he continued on, city police said. His van eventually stalled near Route 67 and came to a slow stop.

"At that time, Murray was ordered out of his vehicle," states an Amsterdam police report. "However, he refused officers' commands, locked the vehicle doors and would not come out. Officers were able to gain entry into the van and pull Murray out."

Murray struggled with police before being taken to the ground. He was in custody as of 5:59 p.m., police said.

Neither of the injured Amsterdam officers was expected to miss work due to the injuries, Amsterdam Detective Sgt. Sal Megna said. 

So far, Murray faces one count each of third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, third-degree unlawful fleeing an officer and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, and a total of 23 traffic tickets, Megna said.

Murray was arraigned on those charges and was ordered held on $7,500 bail.

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