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Police: Driver flees, strikes gas pump in pursuit

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

A police pursuit that started on the New York State Thruway ended at the Sunoco gas station on Route 9W, according to state police. File photo

NEW BALTIMORE — A Palenville man is under arrest after allegedly fleeing police and striking a gas pump, according to a statement from the New York State Police.

Angelo Paradiso Jr., 29, of Palenville, is facing multiple charges in the incident, police said.

State police on March 2, at around 11:15 p.m., tried to stop a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt on the New York State Thruway for a vehicle and traffic infraction, but the driver did not pull over and attempted to flee, according to state police.

Troopers set up a tire deflation device near mile marker 106 on the Thruway in an attempt to stop the vehicle, which sustained two flat tires, but the driver kept going and exited the Thruway at Exit 21B in Coxsackie.

Paradiso allegedly turned on Route 9W as law enforcement from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit.

“The driver then pulled into the Sunoco parking lot, striking a gas pump,” according to state police. “As the suspect vehicle attempted to exit the parking lot, the driver intentionally struck a troop car and a Greene County Sheriff’s vehicle, at which point another troop car utilized its front push bumper to strike the suspect vehicle, disabling it.”

Paradiso was taken into custody at that point without further incident.

No one was injured in the pursuit or collisions, police said.

One passenger was in the vehicle but was not charged as they were not involved in the pursuit, according to state police.

Paradiso was taken to the State Police barracks in Albany, where he refused to give a breath sample.

Paradiso was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a class A felony; and third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, fourth-degree criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated and two counts of reckless endangerment of property, all misdemeanors.

Paradiso was arraigned in the Town of Coxsackie Court and was released on his own recognizance.

He was issued appearance tickets for the Town of Coxsackie Court on April 3 and the Town of New Baltimore Court on April 11. 

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