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21 October 2018
Syracuse Man arrested following traffic pursuit
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Philip T. Rougeux
Troop D Commander
On October 19, 2018, at approximately 10:46 pm, Troopers assigned to the “Syracuse Initiative” in the city of Syracuse, observed a Dodge Caravan fail to keep right on Tallman Street. A traffic stop was initiated, and while interviewing the driver and sole occupant, Steven Cruz, Troopers observed drugs in the vehicle's center console.
Troopers then opened the driver's door and asked Cruz to exit the vehicle, however he refused to exit the vehicle and drove off causing the door to slam on the Trooper’s left arm. Troopers, along with Syracuse Police units, then continued to follow the vehicle down several city streets. Cruz then stopped the vehicle in the middle of Gordon Avenue, and fled on foot. He then entered his residence at 114 Gordon Avenue and was subsequently located hiding in the attic by Troopers and the Syracuse Police Department.
Steven Cruz, age 25, who actively resisted, was taken into custody after a brief struggle and was transported to SP North Syracuse where he was processed on the following charges:
The Trooper was transported to Upstate Medical Center by State Police where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
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