One suspect sought in Colonie multi-vehicle crash that injured several

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COLONIE -- Police are looking for one person in connection with a crash on Central Avenue Saturday evening.

Police say a marked patrol car stopped a 2006 Audi on Central Avenue near Karner Road at about 5:20 p.m., after the officer observed the car, with two occupants, passing a stop sign. While the car did initially stop, the driver pulled away while the officer was speaking to him.

Witnesses said the vehicle drove west on Central Avenue, in the median lane, at high speed and without headlights on in the dark. While doing so, police said, the Audi sideswiped an eastbound CDTA bus and a westbound Kia SUV, then crashed head-on into an eastbound Ford Fusion at the intersection of Central and Dunning Avenues.

The patrol car that had been involved in the initial stop came upon the crash just as the two occupants of the Audi were fleeing on foot. A police search, including K-9 support, located one of the occupants of the suspect vehicle nearby. He was transported for non-life-threatening injuries, and is being interviewed by police.

The four occupants of the Ford Fusion, all in their 20s and 30s, were all injured, two with serious but not life-threatening injuries. They were transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment. As of midafternoon Sunday, the two with serious injuries remain in the hospital. The occupants of the bus were uninjured, and so was the driver of the Kia.

Central Avenue in the area of Dunning Avenue was closed for several hours, but has since reopened.

Police are still looking for the second occupant of the suspect car. They said they do not believe there is an elevated risk to residents in the area.

Members of the Colonie Police Traffic Safety Unit, and the Colonie Police Investigations Division are investigating the incident as a criminal one, and ask anyone with information to contact the Colonie Police Department.

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