SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – When a member of the Saratoga Springs Police Department noticed the trunk of a driving vehicle was open, the officer attempted to pull the car over, resulting in a long and destructive pursuit.
The driver of this vehicle was later identified as Aaron Elliot, 25, of Johnsonville.
When Elliot caught sight of the officer, who had activated his emergency lights, he took off, speeding through the Pizza Hut and McDonald's parking lots in an attempt to avoid being pulled over.
Elliot's vehicle exited the Pizza Hut and McDonald's parking lots onto South Broadway without stopping, narrowly missing two pedestrians who were walking past the food outlets.
Elliot then looped around the block, in a continued effort to evade police, and slammed into a vehicle that was pulling into the Pizza Hut parking lot.
After striking the vehicle, Elliot continued out of the parking lot again and back onto South Broadway, this time taking a right onto North East on Circular Street.
By this time, other police units were responding to assist in what had become a police pursuit.
Elliot continued north on Circular Street where he ran a stop sign at Whitney Place and then ran red lights at the intersections of Union Ave, Spring Street and Caroline Street.
Officers had backed off away from the pursuit, as it was clear that Elliot had total disregard for other vehicles and pedestrians on the roadway.
As Elliot approached the intersection of Lake Ave and Circular Street, there were two moving vehicles in front of him and a police vehicle approaching.
Elliot did not slow down.
He slammed into the first vehicle in front of him causing that vehicle to strike the second vehicle in front of it.
Elliot then slammed into the driver's side of the approaching police vehicle.
All of the vehicles came to rest on Circular Street just short of the intersection with Lake Ave.
Responding officers immediately began assisting those that were in the vehicles struck by Elliot, and EMS was sent to the scene.
One person was transported to Saratoga Hospital with minor injuries.
The other driver and the officer hit by Elliot were treated at the scene.
Elliot was taken into custody at the scene.
In all, six vehicles were damaged, a few of which were totaled.
Elliot was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful fleeing, improper lane use, failure to comply with lawful order of the police, violation of a one-way street, leaving the scene of an automobile accident, failure to stop at a stop sign, violation of entering the roadway, speeding, reckless driving, failure to keep right, reckless endangerment and violations of traffic signal lights.
Elliot does have prior DWI convictions in the last ten years. He was processed and celled, pending court arraignment.
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