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State Police apprehend two women after chaotic Northway chase

State Police apprehend two women after chaotic Northway chase

Troopers: Driver, at one point, drove the wrong way up the Northway to elude police
State Police apprehend two women after chaotic Northway chase
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QUEENSBURY -- Two motorists from Vermont were in jail Friday, after one lead police on a chase up the Northway -- at times driving into oncoming traffic.

According to State Police, Ericka M. Handy, 27, of Proctor, Vermont, fled the scene of an accident on the Northway Friday morning.

Troopers on the lookout for her spotted her in Saratoga County and gave chase, according to troopers.

When she crossed into Warren County, Handy crossed the highway median and drove north into southbound traffic; a trooper vehile was disabled when it was hit by an oncoming car during that portion of the pursuit, troopers said.

Handy exited the Northway at Exit 18 in Queensbury, after crossing back into the northbound lanes, troopers said. Her vehicle was found behind a business on Corinth Road.

Troopers searching the area stopped a vehicle at Exti 19 of the Northway and found Handy inside, according to the police report. That vehicle was being driven by Nicole Lafrance, 32, also from Proctor, troopers said.

A loaded handgun and drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle, troopers said.

Handy was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, seventh-degree criminal posession of a controlled substance, driving while under the influence of drugs, tampering with physical evidence and several vehicle and traffic violations, according to state police.

Lafrance was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, troopers said.

Both women were arraigned in Queensbury Town Court and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail.

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