GLENVILLE - A man attempting to flee police in a stolen SUV turned down a dead-end street and crashed early Monday, police said.
Both the driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries as the SUV flipped on its side and caught fire, police said.
Police later charged the driver, identified as Isiah A. Ruiz, 19, with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and reckless driving and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, misdemeanors. A release gives both Schenectady and East Berne as Ruiz residences.
Police determined the SUV Ruiz was driving had been reported stolen from Schenectady the day before.
According to police: Ruiz was spotted committing a traffic violation and an officer attempted to stop him. Ruiz instead fled toward Scotia. He then turned down the dead-end street, where he struck a snow bank and the SUV flipped on its side. The SUV's engine caught fire.
Scotia firefighters responded and extinguished the SUV. Both Ruiz and his passenger were treated at Ellis Hospital and released. The passenger was not charged.
Ruiz also faces multiple traffic tickets and a violation marijuana possession count, police said.
Ruiz was already on probation from a previous conviction, police said. He was arraigned and ordered held. He is due back in court next week.
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