Police: Tannersville man dies fleeing traffic stop


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

DURHAM — A Tannersville man died when he allegedly fled from police during a traffic stop and fell down a rocky embankment, according to state police.

Christopher Stanton, 40, from the village of Tannersville, died in the incident.

On Aug. 8 at approximately 11:31 p.m., state police stopped a 1994 Ford F-150 pick-up truck for a traffic stop on county Route 67 in Durham.

When a trooper approached the vehicle, an occupant of the truck fled on foot from the front passenger seat, police said.

The man, later identified as Stanton, had multiple felony bench warrants, according to state police.

Stanton fled into a wooded area on the west side of the road.

“The trooper entered the woods in an attempt to locate Stanton and observed him laying at the bottom of a steep rock embankment,” according to police. “The trooper made his way down the embankment and rendered first aid until additional emergency personnel arrived.”

First responders from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Rescue Squad and Greene County Paramedics arrived on the scene and provided rescue and first-aid assistance.

Stanton was airlifted by helicopter to Albany Medical Center where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the New York State Police and the Attorney General’s Office.

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