Major Jennifer Gottstine
Troop T Commander
Tuxedo, NY – On March 5, 2020, at approximately 10:05 a.m., State Police out of SP Tarrytown received a report of a vehicle pursuit entering New York State from New Jersey involving a stolen car. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle on I-87 in the town of Tuxedo. The vehicle struck the guide rail sustaining heavy damage and continued for a short time before driving off the road. A brief foot pursuit ensued before the driver of the stolen car, John C. Johnson, 33, of Paterson, NJ, was taken into custody.
Johnson was determined to be impaired by drugs and while in custody, required the use of Naloxone. He was transported to St. Luke’s hospital for overdose symptoms, non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash, and a mental health evaluation.
Once treated and released, Johnson was processed at SP Newburgh where he was charged with Assault 2nd degree (intent to cause injure to a Police Officer); a Class D Felony, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree; a Class D Felony, Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree; a Class A Misdemeanor, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs; an Unclassified Misdemeanor, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle; a Class A Misdemeanor, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance; a Class A Misdemeanor.
Johnson was arraigned and remanded to Orange County Jail pending extradition from New Jersey State Police. No return court date available at this time.