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Police chase ends with National Grid truck in Hudson River

September 28, 2016 06:42 PM

TROY - It was hectic, frightening, and bizarre. A National Grid parking lot in North Central Troy, with barbed wire fencing on three sides, the rocky banks on of the Hudson River completing the western perimeter.

At 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Troy police respond after someone drives a National Grid dump truck through a chain link fence into this house at 22 Douw Street, sending bricks crashing to the ground, and trapping a woman inside.

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"The officers exit their vehicles and try to flag him down to stop him. At one point, one of the officers is kind of like next to the driver and is flagging him down and he said he didn't even acknowledge him and he actually kind of took off faster," described Troy Police Captain Dan DeWolf.

Faster, erratically, dangerously crashing through another fence on the north side of the property, tearing up turf, and right in to the Hudson River.

"The officers went over there to try to render aid there was no way, the truck went right down," explained DeWolf.

State police divers rushed to the scene, the truck was eventually retrieved from the river bottom, and inside the body of Joshua Evans, 21.

"As far as finding out why he was in there, that's going to take some work, unless he told somebody why he was here. Obviously we can't interview him," acknowledged DeWolf.

Neither can the district attorney continue to pursue arson charges against Evans. Investigators say they identified him from surveillance video after a fire at the Antiques Warehouse on Fourth Street in February.

As for the damaged house, DeWolf says nobody was hurt but someone was trapped in a bedroom for a time.

Many people might remember just over 18 years ago a suspected serial killer, Gary Evans, escaped from a police van, and jumped off the Troy-Menands bridge, killing himself on the banks of the Hudson River.

Police say it’s just a coincidence: Gary Evans and Joshua Evans are not related.

A National Grid spokesman says the company is cooperating with police as they continue to investigate.

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