KINDERHOOK — A Columbia County man was arrested on felony charges after he crashed his car while attempting to elude police, said Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K.

Peter A. Knapp, 52, of Kinderhook was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a class E felony, third-degree fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, both class A misdemeanors, and driving while intoxicated, a class U misdemeanor, Hicks said.

The incident began Dec. 28, at about 9:18 p.m., when troopers observed a 2021 Nissan Altima on Route 9H in Kinderhook in violation of several vehicle and traffic laws, Hicks said.

The vehicle driven by Knapp turned on Fischer Road. Police attempted to stop the car and Knapp failed to comply. Knapp then lost control of the vehicle, which left the road and struck a utility pole in the area of 601 Fisher Road.

Columbia County 911 sent Kinderhook Fire Company and Valatie Rescue Squad to the scene.

Knapp was taken to Albany Medical Center for evaluation, Hicks said.

An investigation indicated Knapp was driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and was arrested, Hicks said.

National Grid was requested to the scene. They stabilized the pole, which had been cracked, until permanent repairs could be made.

Knapp was issued appearance tickets for Kinderhook Town Court.

The car was towed from the scene.

All firefighters were back in service at 9:50 p.m.

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