State Police: Man assaulted victim, led police on Northway pursuit
BRUNSWICK, N.Y. – State Police say they have arrested a man following a domestic incident which led to a pursuit with a victim in his vehicle on the Northway.
According to authorities, a man violated a Rensselaer County Family Court stay away order of protection on Monday. The man, identified as Seth Brooks, 40, allegedly dragged his wife out of their Cortland Street home and into his vehicle, where he threatened to kill her.
State Police say Brooks drove around with the victim in the vehicle before parking in the lot of the Troy Plaza on Hoosick Street. Police say it was then when he began to physically assault his wife.
A Good Samaritan confronted Brooks but the man drove away onto Alternate Route 7, crossing the Collar City Bridge, say police. The Good Samaritan then contacted authorities to report the assault.
State Police patrols were sent to the area in an attempt to locate Brooks. Shortly after their arrival, State Police received what they described as a frantic 911 call from the victim inside Brooks’ vehicle.
The victim was able to tell dispatchers her location while she was allegedly being physically assaulted by Brooks at the same time.
State Police were able to locate Brooks on the Northway traveling northbound from Crossgates Mall. They say Brooks failed to stop his vehicle and led police on a pursuit.
State Police were able to safely end the pursuit on the Northway in the area of Exit 4 where Brooks was taken into custody.
The victim was treated by Colonie EMS and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
State Police in Latham have charged Brooks with Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle, and numerous Vehicle and Traffic Law Violations. After Brooks was turned over to State Police in Brunswick, he was arrested and charged with Kidnapping in the second degree and Aggravated Criminal Contempt, both felonies. He is also charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and two counts of Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree, all misdemeanors.
Brooks was arraigned in the Town of Brunswick Court and remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail with no bail.