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State police chase Rome man through 3 counties

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State police chase Rome man through 3 counties

A Rome man is facing several charges, including driving while intoxicated, after leading New York State Police on a chase spanning 120 miles across three counties.

Just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, a trooper stopped 54-year-old Edward R. Tucker, of Rome, on State Route 37 in Alexandria in Jefferson County after he was seen speeding and veering into the lane of oncoming traffic.

Police say Tucker drove away from the stop as the trooper was questioning him on the side of the road, again speeding and crossing over into the other lane of traffic.

The trooper pursued Tucker until he reached St. Lawrence County.

Other troopers then spotted Tucker on State Route 37 in the town of Hammond, and pursued him until he reached the city of Ogdensbug. He continued to flee from police until reaching the city of Malone in Franklin County and eventually getting on State Route 95.

State police set up a tire-deflation device on Route 95 in the town of Bombay, which Tucker drove over before intentionally hitting a St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police vehicle, and then driving off of the road.

When troopers approached Tucker’s vehicle, they say he intentionally rammed into two state police vehicles before his vehicle became disabled. Troopers were able to take him into custody following a brief struggle.

Tucker and a trooper at the scene both suffered arm injuries. Tucker was sent to Alice Hyde Medical Center for treatment.

State police charged Tucker with:

  • 2 counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, a D felony
  • 3 counts of second-degree criminal mischief, a D felony
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony
  • 3 counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, misdemeanors
  • 7 counts of unlawfully fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, misdemeanors
  • Criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor
  • Driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor
  • Refusal to take a breath test, a violation

After Tucker was arraigned and released on those charges out of Troop B, he was transferred to Troop D in Oneida County where a warrant was out for his arrest in connection with a domestic dispute in the town of Lee on Nov. 1.

State police say Tucker is accused of threatening two people with an ax and a knife during that incident.

He is facing additional charges of: 

  • Criminal mischief, an E felony
  • Criminal possession of a weapon, a D felony
  • Menacing, a misdemeanor

Tucker was arraigned and is being held at the Oneida County jail.