26 September 2019
 
 
 NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
 Major Robert E. Patnaude
 Troop G Commander
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE

Skyler Crouse has been charged with Harassment 2nd degree, a violation, after he spit on a member of the media that was covering his arraignment.
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State Police have charged Skyler B. Crouse for Manslaughter 2nd degree (C felony), Reckless Endangerment 1st degree (D felony), Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 1st degree (D felony), and Resisting Arrest (A misdemeanor).
 
Crouse was arraigned at Warren County Centralized Arraignment Part and remanded to Warren County Jail without bail.
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The deceased driver is identified as Joseph D. Turcotte, 38, of Brant Lake.
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On Thursday, September 26, 2019, at approximately 8:10 a.m., State Police patrols monitoring traffic northbound near exit 19 on 1-87, observed a vehicle traveling in excess of 90 mph in a work zone.

Troopers attempted stop the vehicle for speeding, but the driver, Skyler B. Crouse, 30, failed to comply, continuing at a high rate of speed.

Law enforcement pursued Crouse for several miles and used a tire deflation device to deflate the vehicle’s tires just south of exit 25.  

With one tire deflated, Crouse exited the Northway at Exit 25, still traveling at a high rate of speed, struck another vehicle on the off-ramp, killing that driver.

After striking the vehicle, Crouse continued across Route 8, with his vehicle coming to a rest on the northbound entrance ramp.

Crouse suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash, was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

The name of the deceased is not being released at this time, pending notifications.

The exit 25 off ramp, northbound, I-87, and Route 8 in that location are closed until further notice.

More details will be released as they become available.

 
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