State Police: Man fled from police, later found in possession of heroin
CHATHAM, N.Y. – State Police say they have arrested a man after he allegedly led authorities on a car and foot chase.
On Sunday, around 8 p.m., police say they observed a man driving a pick-up truck at a high speed of rate on Hanky Mull Road.
The driver was identified as Shaun Saviano, 26, because he was known to authorities to not possess valid New York State driving privileges.
As Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Saviano allegedly sped away to avoid police. The Schodack man then pulled into a driveway on Highland Road and fled from the vehicle on foot.
Authorities were able to locate a passenger inside the vehicle, who told police that Saviano fled into a wooded area.
State Police conducted an organized search with K-9 units and aviation. Saviano was located around 9:30 p.m. in the Village of Nassau.
After Saviano was taken into custody he was found in possession of heroin, a hypodermic needle, and marijuana. Troopers later determined that he was allegedly operating a vehicle that was reported stolen from South Dakota, bearing Minnesota license plates.
He has been charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, and Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.
Saviano was arraigned and remanded to Columbia County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.