ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany police have arrested an 18-year-old in Albany after he attempted to flee from police and subsequently crashed his van, causing the power and traffic lights in the area to go out.
Albany County Sheriff's Deputies were alerted to the suspect, 18-year-old Ryan Jones, of Albany, by two unidentified females who said Jones tried to get them into his mini-van in the Mobil Gas Station parking lot at the intersection of Rt. 155 and 5 in Colonie.
As the two females were talking to police, Jones drove off in the mini-van beginning the vehicle pursuit from the deputy. Jones stopped briefly in the K-Mart parking lot behind the gas station, but sped off as soon as the deputy got out of his car to approach him.
Jones continued to flee from police, at times going over 100 mph. He nearly collided with two cars as he ran through a red light at the intersection of Rt. 155 and Albany Street. The pursuit ended when the mini-van crashed into a guard rail, street police and power transformer causing the power in the area to go out, including several traffic lights.
Jones then got out of his vehicle, and fled on foot into the woods. Shortly after, he was caught and taken into custody without incident.
Jones is being charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st-degree, a felony; Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor; Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor; and a number of traffic violations. He was remanded Albany County Correctional Facility without bail.
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