Utica man faces several charges after police chase

By Melissa Sullivan

(WKTV) - A Utica man is facing several charges after he failed to stop for police Thursday, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said.

Kendrick Pollard, 24, faces several charges, including unlawful fleeing of a police officer, unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, several counts of reckless driving, two counts of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to comply with a police officer, three counts of speeding, passing a red traffic signal, failure to keep right, operating a motorcycle with switched license plates, operating an uninsured motorcycle, operating an unregistered motorcycle and other traffic infractions. Pollard also had an active arrest warrant out of Oswego County for other traffic offenses, officials say.

According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies, Deputy Mark R. Chrysler attempted to stop a blue and white sport-style motorcycle that was traveling west on State Route 5 in the Town of Westmoreland for a traffic violation and possible suspended operation at about 4 p.m. Thursday. When the deputy initiated the traffic stop, the motorcycle driver turned around in the roadway and struck the front of the patrol car. He then fled eastbound on Route 5.

The motorcycle driver sped eastbound on Route 5, passing through Westmoreland, Kirkland and New Hartford as police pursued him. As the motorcycle reached the intersection of Middle Settlement Road, heavy traffic slowed the driver down. At this time, the motorcycle and the deputy's patrol car collided. The motorcycle skidded for a short distance and the suspect attempted to run but was apprehended by Deputy Chrysler.

Pollard was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford Court and was sent to the Oneida County Jail with no bail.


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