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Man charged with reckless endangerment after high speed chase, standoff

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TROY (WRGB) - The man accused of causing a high speed chase and barricading himself in a Watervliet apartment complex for hours appeared in Troy City Court Thursday morning. Jeffery Walker was arraigned on a reckless endangerment charge and answered to several other warrants for previous offenses.

On Wednesday, police say they tried to pull Walker over, but he fled. They say while Walker was fleeing police, he was driving recklessly at more than 80 miles per hour, didn’t stay in his lane, disregarded traffic control devices, drove the wrong way on one-way streets, and almost caused several high speed traffic accidents. For that, Walker was charged with reckless endangerment.

Police say Walker then barricaded himself in a relative’s apartment at the Fenimore Trace Complex in Watervliet. SWAT teams were called in. After several hours of negotiating, Walker came out of the apartment and was taken into custody. Police collected evidence from the apartment and Walker’s car for the ongoing investigation.

Another person was with Walker during the chase and barricade situation. He was taken into custody and interviewed, but was released last night, and does not face any charges.

When Walker appeared before the judge Thursday, he also answered to several other warrants for previous offenses.

Court documents say on August 23, 2018, Walker resisted arrest and fled police between Watervliet and Troy. He also faces several traffic violations for that incident.

Court documents also show on September 2, 2018, Walker was charged with felony Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree for damaging store goods at a deli in Troy.

Walker pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was sent to jail on $25,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 18th.

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