Rockland man injured after police chase in New York

By Stephen Betts | Mar 20, 2017
Source: Schodack, N.Y., police

Schodack, N.Y. — A Rockland man is facing several charges after he led New York police on a nearly 20-mile chase Sunday evening, March 19.

Corey Cheney, 37, was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, failure to keep right, passing a red light, moving from lane unsafely, driving over center lane, wrong way on one way road, aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful fleeing a police officer, driving while ability impaired by drugs in combination with alcohol and driving while intoxicated, according to Schodack, N.Y., Police Chief Joseph Belardo, who spoke by telephone Monday.

Additional charges are pending, the chief said.

Officers removed Cheney from the vehicle and discovered he had severely injured himself by cutting his forearms, the chief said. Cheney was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital to be treated for his injuries, according to the chief.

Cheney is scheduled to reappear in Schodack Town Court on April 26.

The chase started at about 6 p.m. in New Lebanon, Belardo said. State Police tried to stop Cheney but the man sped away, according to the chief. Local police then joined in the pursuit and effort to stop Cheney.

Cheney damaged his car after driving over police spikes, but continued driving.

A town police sports utility vehicle was damaged when it pushed Cheney's car into a snowbank, Belardo said.

An officer suffered a minor injury when he used his police vehicle to push Cheney's car into the snowbank, the chief. The officer is expected to miss only a few days of work, the chief said.

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