Body discovery leads to chase, three-car crash in Ballston

June 26, 2018 07:46 PM

What ended as a three-car crash in Ballston began as a call for police to go to the Lawrence Motel on Central Avenue in Colonie shortly after 11 a.m. Monday.

Motel staff had found the body of a man in a room. Police say he was a 50-year-old man from Troy. His autopsy was done Tuesday and the cause of death is still undetermined, pending toxicology results.

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However, police wanted to talk to a woman who had been in the room with him, a woman who had left the night before at about 10 p.m. in his car. They were looking for that 2002 Toyota.

Hours after the man's body was discovered Monday, Schenectady police got a call about a hit-and-run on Crane Street that left a pedestrian with minor injuries. They figured out that the car involved was the one from the Colonie motel investigation.
However, police say the driver, 33-year-old Briana Slurff of Delanson, refused to pull over and instead led them on a chase from Schenectady onto 890 and into the village of Scotia and the town of Glenville.

When the chase went through Scotia, police blocked off the busy intersection of Cuthbert Street and Vley Road to keep drivers out of harm's way.

Police say Slurff smashed the car she was driving into two other cars at the intersection of Route 50 and Brookline Road in Ballston, after going through a red light, and that's when the chase ended.  

One of the other drivers was injured and taken to Saratoga Hospital.

Slurff is facing a lot of charges now, including aggravated vehicular assault, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She's being held in the Saratoga County Jail on $50,000 bail and is expected to be back in Ballston Court on June 28 at 7 p.m.

Colonie police say Slurff told them that when she left the motel, the man was still alive and that he had given her permission to take his car.


Kumi Tucker

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