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DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 12th, 2004 / 09:45 PM
SUBJECT:MAN CHARGED IN MORNING CRASH @ STATE/MCCLELLAN STREETS


A Schenectady man has been charged with numerous offenses after fleeing from a police officer who clocked him on radar driving 67 mph in a 35 mph zone and then crashing into 2 cars at an intersection.

Motorcycle Officer Christopher Wrubel was conducting stationary speed enforcement at State and Chester Streets when he observed a white Mitsubishi sedan – operated by Andre M. Tucker, 22, of 19 Swan Street – traveling west on State Street at 32 mph over the posted speed limit. The Mitsubishi continued on State at a high rate of speed as Officer Wrubel secured his radar unit in a compartment on his motorcycle and pulled out to pursue the vehicle. Officer Wrubel advised the police communications center that he was attempting to catch up to a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

When the Mitsubishi reached McClellan Street (approximately 1-3/4 miles from State/Chester), it struck the front of a Chrysler sedan – operated by Adrienna Larraway, 53, of Schenectady – that was turning from McClellan onto State, then veered into the eastbound lane of State and struck a Honda minivan – operated by David Ollair, 36, of Schenectady – head-on before spinning around back into the westbound lane, striking a utility pole and stopping. Tucker then ran from the car and was apprehended by arriving officers after a short foot chase.

Larraway complained of neck and back pain, and was treated at Ellis Hospital. Ollair sustained a facial injury and was also treated at Ellis. Tucker sustained a cut to his hand and was treated at St. Clare’s Hospital.

All of the vehicles involved in the crash sustained severe damage.

Tucker has been charged with felony Reckless Endangerment, felony Criminal Possession of Stolen Property (the car he was operating was reported stolen from Schenectady), misdemeanor Criminal Possession of Stolen Property (the dealer registration plate on the vehicle he was operating was reported stolen from a Colonie dealership), misdemeanor Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, misdemeanor Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Auto Accident, misdemeanor Reckless Driving, as well as speeding, unsafe passing, improper lane use, and passing a red light.

Tucker is currently being held in the Schenectady Police lock-up and will be arraigned Wednesday morning in Police Court.