A suspect fled from police in a high-speed pursuit over the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge and through the Town of Newburgh late last night.
The Newburgh News intentionally withheld the story at the time to avoid spectators unnecessarily getting in the way of police activity.
According to radio reports received by The Newburgh News, the New York State Police Troop K stopped a vehicle in Dutchess County last night. The driver, who was reportedly a traveling nurse operating a black SUV, was allegedly under the influence of either alcohol or drugs and struck a police car. It is not clear whether the collision was accidental or intentional.
The suspect led police westbound on Interstate 84, reportedly reaching speeds of 90 mph coming across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. The suspect finally exited I-84 in Coldenham.
Officers with the Town of Newburgh Police Department were monitoring the chase. Although they did not join in for safety reasons, they followed and monitored in case any incidents occurred within their jurisdiction.
The chase continued eastbound on Route 17K to Route 300. The suspect turned left onto Route 300 and headed northbound toward the I-84 / I-87 interchange. Prior to reaching the interchange, police temporarily lost sight of the vehicle.
The Town of Newburgh Police located the vehicle behind the Super 8 Motel, which is located on Route 300 in the vicinity of where Troopers lost sight of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle was unoccupied.
Police canvassed the area and continued searching for the driver into the overnight hours. It is not yet known if the driver was located. However, police know who the driver was and s/he will be facing felony charges.