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03 October 2018
Man who ran from police and a crash scene arrested
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Robert E. Patnaude
Troop G Commander
At approximately 8:20 PM, on Saturday, September 22, 2018, State Troopers out of New Scotland attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired plates while on Hoosick Street, in the City of Troy. The driver, later identified as Jeffrey M. Cook Jr., failed to comply and sped westbound on Hoosick Street, momentarily eluding police. The short pursuit came to a conclusion when Cook ran a red light and crashed into two vehicles at the intersection of River Street and Hoosick Street. Following the collision, Cook fled the scene on foot, which led to an organized search that involved a State Police Helicopter, Canine, and Troy Police. Four people sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash, one of which had to be transported to the hospital.
Subsequent to investigation and personal items left at the scene, Troopers learned that Cook was the driver of the vehicle during the incident. On October 2, 2018 Cook turned himself in to the custody of State Police at SP Guilderland for arrest processing. There, Cook was charged with four counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd degree, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 2nd degree, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, and numerous traffic tickets. Following processing he was released on bail and is due to appear in the City of Troy Court on October 12, 2018.
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