Police: Pair charged after two-county chase

Two people were arrested after police said they tried to ram a police car and led officers on a two-county chase on Sunday.

The incident started when the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received a report at around 5 p.m. of a theft in progress at the Target store at the Aviation Mall in Queensbury.

Police attempted to stop a gray 2022 Toyota RAV 4 as it was attempting to leave the parking lot.

The driver was identified as 45-year-old Mindee L. Burke, of Rutland, Vermont, and the passenger was 43-year-old New York City resident Desmond James. They refused to exit the vehicle, police said, and took off. The pair allegedly tried to hit a sheriff’s patrol car and struck a vehicle at the intersection of Round Pond Road and Route 9 in Queensbury.

The pursuit continued down the Northway and into South Glens Falls until they were arrested by a State Police trooper on Greenway Road.

Burke was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, tampering with physical evidence, grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance (small amounts of crack, heroin and fentanyl) and grand larceny.

James was charged with one count of grand larceny.