Utica man arrested after high speed chase


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica man is facing multiple charges after taking Police on a high speed chase, Thursday.

Robert Cooper, 31, eluded authorities during what they say would have been a routine traffic stop, and took them on an dangerous hunt through the streets of Central New York.

Cooper drove past three vehicles, and through a red light when police tried to pull him over near Rutger and John Street.

He headed into New York Mills, and then circled back into Utica, during which Police had to call off the chase twice because of dangerous speeds.

During the pursuit, Police said that Cooper was throwing heroin out of the window, before jumping out of the car and hiding inside of a house by Maple and York Street.

Following his departure from the vehicle, Cops investigated his car, and found a toddler in the back seat of the vehicle. They also found that he was still in possession of heroin when they arrested him.

Cooper is being charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, fleeing from police officers, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and 20 additional traffic tickets.

He is currently in custody awaiting arraignment.

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