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Police: Schenectady man fled from police on dirt bike, had fake ID

Police: Schenectady man fled from police on dirt bike, had fake ID

He was arrested Monday
Police: Schenectady man fled from police on dirt bike, had fake ID
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SCHENECTADY - A city man fled from police on a dirt bike last month and later possessed a fake ID, authorities said.

Ronald Santiago, 38, of Germania Avenue, was arrested Monday on charges related to his June 14 alleged flight from police in the city's Mont Pleasant neighborhood.

Santiago is accused of riding the dirt bike near Tenth Avenue and Pleasant Street without a license just after 6:30 p.m. that evening and failing to stop for officers when directed to, according to police allegations filed in court.

Instead, he fled police in excess of 25 mph above the speed limit west on Pleasant Street, through intersections while also running recklessly through stop signs with people around, according to the allegations.

In one instance, police allege, he overtook a car on the right and almost struck a child. No injuries were reported.

Police arrested Santiago Monday on Paige Street and found to have a fake New Jersey driver's license. He allegedly questioned to the officer how he could have an aggravated unlicensed operation warrant out for him when he had a license in another state, according to the police allegations.

Police found no record of the license being valid, according to the allegations. Santiago's privilege to drive in New York had also been suspended due to multiple suspensions and one revocation, according to the allegations.

Santiago faces one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, along with misdemeanor counts of unlawful fleeing a police officer, aggravated unlicensed operation and reckless driving. He was also issued multiple tickets.

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