Delancey teen faces numerous charges after high-speed chase through several counties
Ed. note: This story augments a report which was posted earlier this week as breaking news prior to our print edition.
A 16-year-old Delancey youth faces a daunting number of charges after he allegedly used a stolen car to lead authorities on a high-speed chase late in afternoon on Janaury 22 that began in Andes and ended 40 miles later in the Town of Olive when state troopers placed “stinger sticks” across Route 28 and shredded the vehicle’s tires.
Police say the youth then jumped out of the car and tried to run from the scene but was tackled by a trooper and taken into custody.
According to state police at Dunraven, Wade Armstrong, 16, faces a huge number of traffic and criminal charges based on the fact that the chase, which allegedly reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, took them through the towns of Andes, Middletown, Shandaken and Olive and that separate charges will be levied in each town.
Released on bail
Armstrong was arraigned in the Town of Andes Justice Court and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail. Police say his father later posted bail and he was released.
Police report that the incident began following a family argument, when Armstrong, whose only driver’s license is a learner’s permit, stole his father’s car and headed for New York City.
The state trooper who started the pursuit in Andes was soon joined by two more troopers and two Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies. Witnesses say the convoy passed through Margaretville on Route 28 at about 5 p.m. and entered Ulster County where Town of Shandaken and Ulster County Sheriff’s Deputies joined state police.
There were no injuries in the chase and damage was limited to the tires on the Armstrong vehicle when it ran over the “stinger sticks.”
On Monday state police say that Armstrong was charged with multiple counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and multiple vehicle and traffic counts.
In a press release, state police say that Armstrong failed to comply with an order to stop and began driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic, traveling in the opposite lane at a high rate of speed and nearly causing several head on collisions.