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Monday, 12 August 2013 08:21

Domestic Violence Suspect Crashes Car

By Staff Report | News
Anthony C. Smith Anthony C. Smith

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A suspect in a domestic violence incident led police on a half hour car chase that went through the city of Saratoga Springs, into Malta, Ballston, Milton and back into the city before the man crashed his car at the corner of Grand Avenue and Pine Road. 

Anthony C. Smith, 24 of Nelson Avenue, Saratoga Springs, was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer, first degree rape, obstructing breathing and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 

According to Saratoga Springs Police Department, at 7:14 a.m. they responded to call about a distressed woman at the corner of Nelson and Gridley avenues. Upon their arrival they found the woman appeared to have been assaulted and the victim told them that her boyfriend had beaten and choked her in a house on Nelson Avenue. 

When officers went to the house and Smith, who fit the description, bolted from the house and got into a 2012 grey Volkswagen, fleeing from the scene. 

With police officers following, Smith drove down South Broadway into Malta, where he turned southwest on Old Post Road to Northline Road, then south on Route 50 in the village of Ballston Spa. By this time New York State Police, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and Ballston Spa Police Department were involved in the chase. 

The pursuit continued north on Rowland Street leaving the Village. The pursuit continued on Rowland Street through the town of Milton, crossing Geyser Road, then Route 29 west and back into the City on Petrified Sea Gardens Road. The chase continued down Hickcock Hill Road and then east on Route 9N passing the Stewarts Plant and headed back toward the inside district of the City. 

Smith turned off of Route 9N and headed south on Kirby Road, crossing Route 29 again to Pine Road, where he lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Pine Road and Grand Avenue and crashed in to the woods. 

Smith was not injured and there were no vehicles damaged except the car being driven by Smith.

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