DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 / 09:15 PM

A man fleeing police officers in a stolen car was seriously injured this evening when he lost control of the speeding car, struck a tree and flipped. The crash occurred on Union Street at Nott Terrace at about 6:55 during a pursuit that had begun 5 minutes prior on McClellan Street.

After the crash, the white male who has not yet been positively identified was treated at the scene by Schenectady Fire Department paramedics and then airlifted to Albany Medical Center. He is currently in critical condition with head and internal injuries.

The car a 1993 Dodge sedan had been reported stolen from the Hess gas station on Brandywine Avenue on Tuesday morning at about 4 a.m. The owner reported that she left the car running while she went inside the store when a white male got into the car and drove away.

Officers Matthew Kiser and Daniel Harrigan were on patrol on Becker Street when the vehicle passed them. When they activated their emergency lights and siren, the driver refused to stop and drove north on McClellan Street. The pursuit continued north on McClellan, then west on Rugby Road, then south on Brandywine Avenue to Union Street. When the driver turned right onto Union Street to travel west, he struck a vehicle traveling east on Union, causing minor damage to that vehicle. He then continued west on Union Street, increasing his speed and pulling away from pursuing officers who were maintaining their speed. As the man approached Nott Terrace at a high rate of speed, the light on Union Street had turned red and a vehicle from Nott Terrace having the green light entered the intersection. The fleeing vehicle struck that vehicle (causing minor damage), lost control, struck a tree and then rolled over onto its roof. Pursuing officers arrived shortly after the crash and called for paramedics. The driver had to be extricated from the car.

No one else was hurt in the pursuit.

The driver faces numerous criminal and traffic charges.

At this time, Union Street between Seward Place and Union Avenue, and Nott Terrace between Eastern Avenue and Union Street are closed while the crash is investigated. It is anticipated that these streets will be closed until late this evening.