An accused drug dealer crashed his vehicle in Woodbury early this morning while leading the New York State Police on a high-speed pursuit. Troopers reported that the pursuit covered 23 miles with a top speed of 100 miles per hour.
The chaos unfolded at approximately 2:07am when troopers observed a 2021 Nissan Altima traveling northbound on the Palisades Parkway in Ramapo reportedly violating numerous traffic laws. Troopers stopped the vehicle near Exit 12 of the Palisades Parkway.
As the troopers walked toward the vehicle, the vehicle reportedly fled the area and continued northbound. The troopers initiated a pursuit.
The fleeing vehicle exited the Palisades Parkway and entered the New York State Thruway. The pursuit continued northbound to Exit 16 in Woodbury, where it entered Route 17. The pursuit exited Route 17 at Exit 131.
As the pursuit continued through the intersection of County Route 105 and Nininger Road, the driver of the fleeing vehicle lost control and struck a guard rail. Troopers approached the wrecked vehicle and observed two occupants.
The driver was identified as Marcus Manigault, age 37, of New York City. The passenger was identified as Attley Samuel, age 29, of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Both occupants were treated by Woodbury EMS for minor injuries and were taken into police custody.
Manigault and Samuel were both charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell in the 3rd degree, both felonies; and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd degree, a misdemeanor.
Manigault was additionally charged with Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree and Obstruction Governmental Administration, both misdemeanors. He was also issued 48 traffic tickets.
Both defendants were transported to Orange County Jail pending arraignment.