Rockland Sheriff’s patrol officers were greeted with a surprise chase this morning as a man decided to hit the gas at a routine road block.
A winding chase led officers from New Hempstead Rd. to the Palisades Parkway, all the way to downtown West Nyack.
Sgt. Kenneth Johnston said the perp took off when “He decided he didn’t like some of the questions the officer was asking during a road check by the jail.”Eventually approximately 30 police vehicles from at least four different police departments chased the man. In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, the chase attracted police from Orangetown PD, Clarkstown PD and the NY State Police. Johnston said that police did not block any roads in the course of their chase.
The man eluded police for about 15 minutes before ending up on the dead-end back streets of West Nyack. His car crashed at Louise Dr. in West Nyack, damaging two parked vehicles before careening into a large evergreen tree.
The driver was not seriously injured. As yet, his identity has not been released to the public.
Asked how often a chase occurs in Rockland County, Sgt. Johnston said, “You’d be surprised, in fact, I just heard a report of one in Ramapo.”