CLAVERACK — A Greenport man was arrested on multiple felony charges, including robbery, following a police chase that ended with a crash in Claverack on Tuesday afternoon, Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K, said Wednesday.
Three people were taken to Albany Medical Center following the accident.
Joshua Charron, 24, was charged with second-degree robbery, a class C felony, third-degree robbery, a class D felony, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, driving while ability impaired by drugs, second-degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving, all misdemeanors, Hicks said.
Police were looking for a 2001 Toyota pickup truck after they received a tip that Charron had stolen merchandise from Lowe’s and Kohl’s on Fairview Avenue in Greenport, Hicks said.
Troopers located Charron driving the truck south on Route 9H and attempted to pull the vehicle over. Charron refused to comply and led police on a short pursuit. The chase ended when Charron ran a red light at the intersection with Route 66 and collided with another vehicle, Hicks said.
A passenger in Charron’s truck and the driver of the other vehicle were not immediately identified by state police.
An investigation indicated that Charron had stolen items from Kohl’s and forcibly stole items from Lowe’s before fleeing. More arrests are pending, Hicks said.
Charron was arraigned in Town of Claverack Court and was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail, pending a future court appearance, Hicks said.
The area of Route 9H and Route 66 near the crash was closed for four hours Tuesday afternoon while the state police Accident Reconstruction Unit investigated.