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Man crashes into snowbank after police chase

March 20, 2017 06:23 PM

Schodack police say they were able to stop a driver from going the wrong way on the highway just in the nick of time.

The chase began in New Lebanon. It ended in Schodack, with the suspect going onto the off-ramp, about to go the wrong way on I-90.

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Police say this could have been a terrible situation. It was a major threat to public safety. A driver trying to get away from police came along Route 20 and was stopped just in time when officers used their cars to block him in and push him into a snowbank.

There is debris from a collision at Exit 11E of the Thruway, just off the highway.

Police say they were able to stop a car just before it got on the highway going the wrong way Sunday evening, a busy travel time in a busy travel area.

Police say Corey Cheney of Maine took off from a traffic stop in New Lebanon, leading police into the town of Schodack. A spike strip got his tires, but he kept going. Police say it was when he drove onto the off-ramp to drive the wrong way on the highway, that officers made a split-second decision.

"The officers tried to box him in to try to get him to stop. He wouldn't stop. So one of our cars, my officers used a car to push this guy into a snowbank," explained Chief Joseph Belardo with Schodack Police Department.

The police SUV was damaged. The officer was injured.

Officers Mike Miller, Matt Montross and Jordan Harrington put themselves at personal risk, but they had to keep the car from getting on the highway.

"We need to minimize the risk to people out in the highway and think about the type of accident that you might see with those highway speeds with a car going the wrong way on the interstate.  Could have been very bad," noted Belardo.

The car was stopped just feet from the Thruway. Cheney was taken into custody.

"The end result was very favorable because there were no major injuries to any of the police officers, nobody who was out driving their own cars the public, was hurt and we were able to take the suspect into custody and now he's safe where he is at the hospital," pointed out Cheney.

Authorities say Cheney was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time and was also cutting his arms with a blade while he was driving.

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