GREENPORT, N.Y. - New York State Police in Livingston say a 15-year-old boy is in custody Friday morning for his involvement in a car chase and wreck that injured four people in Columbia County Thursday night.
Four people considered "innocent bystanders" by police are now being treated at Albany Medical Center after police say the teen drove into oncoming traffic hitting two vehicles around 11:15 p.m. on Route 23B in Greenport.
New York State Police Captain Scott Brown says police started chasing a white van that was heading west on Route 23B from Claverack to Greenport after they saw it speeding and driving erratically. The car did not stop for the officer. Brown says at one point the driver crossed the center line, drove into on-coming traffic, hit two vehicles and rolled over.
The driver then fled on foot and was later identified as a 15-year-old run away from the Berkshire Farms Youth Facility
The scene was a mess of broken glass and crushed metal after the white van police were pursing tipped over on its side. Investigators spent several hours searching for the person responsible, eventually finding him in his grandmother's garage around 4:45 a.m. not far from the scene.
A portion of Route 23B was closed for a while, but has reopened for morning traffic.
The teen is being treated for minor injuries and will be arraigned in Columbia County Family Court Friday for two counts of Reckless Endangerment 1st, unlawfully fleeing a police officer 2nd, vehicle and traffic law charges as well as the Family Court warrant.
Investigation into how the teen obtained the van are ongoing.