Two-county pursuit ends in arrest

SCHODACK -- A Maine man faces multiple charges Sunday evening following a two-county pursuit that involved New York State Police and Schodack officers.

At about 6 p.m., according to Schodack Police, troopers from Troop K began a vehicle pursuit in New Lebanon, after attempting to stop a vehicle driven by Corey D. Cheney, 37, of Rockland, Mane. Cheney refused to stop, and by 6:15 had crossed into Rensselaer County, where members of the Schodack Police Department joined the pursuit.

Law enforcement officers deployed a spike strip on Route 20 in an attempt to end the pursuit, but police said that while the tires of the vehicle were damaged, Cheney continued west on Route 20 and onto the Columbia Turnpike.

Police said Cheney then attempted to enter I-90 at exit 11E, going the wrong way onto the ramp. Schodack police officers used their patrol cars to box Cheney's vehicle in and prevent him from entering the interstate the wrong way.

One Schodack police SUV was damaged pushing Cheney's car into a snow bank. Police said Cheney was removed from his vehicle and it was discovered that he had severely injured himself by cutting himself on the forearms. One officer suffered a minor injury to his hand while removing Cheney from the vehicle. Cheney was transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment and to secure a blood draw sample.

Cheney was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving. fail to keep right, passing a red light, moving from lane unsafely, driving over center lane, wrong way on one-way road, aggravated unlicensed operation 3rd degree, unlawful fleeing a police officer, DWAI drugs in combination with alcohol, and DWI. Additional charges are pending.

Cheney is scheduled to appear in Town of Schodack Court on April 26 at 6 p.m.

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