Multiple Troopers Injured in NYS Thruway Chase
On December, 31, troopers observed a vehicle traveling on I-87 southbound matching the description of a be on the lookout for, stemming from two separate pursuits that had occurred earlier in Ulster County.
A traffic stop was initiated on a 2017 black Hyundai Accent. However, the driver, later identified as Laura A. Duffy, 71, of Willow, NY failed to comply and a pursuit ensued, according to a press release from the New York State Police.
After 35 miles and reaching excessive speeds, troopers were able to deploy a stinger, which is a tire deflation device, and flattened both right tires on the Hyundai Accent.
Duffy continued southbound, entering the Ramapo Service Area, and struck two state police vehicles before re-entering the Thruway. She continued south until her vehicle finally became disabled on the Exit 15 acceleration ramp.
Duffy was placed into custody and processed at the Tarrytown barracks where she was evaluated by EMS, and refused medical treatment. Three State Police members were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Duffy was charged with assault (felony), criminal mischief (felony), reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, unlawful fleeing a police officer, disorderly conduct, obstruction of governmental administration.
She was remanded to Rockland County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or bond.