WEBB, N.Y. – A man from New Jersey is facing more than 10 charges after police say he led officers on a snowmobile chase in Old Forge.
Manuel Alvarez, of Franklin Lakes, N.J., failed to stop for a compliance check along a trail in the town of Webb around 3:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Police say Alvarez sped away from patrol units and was seen shortly after on North Street in Old Forge. Alvarez again failed to stop, even when emergency lights were activated. A passenger, 26-year-old Stephanie M. Kirk, of Manchester, N.J., was thrown from Alvarez’s snowmobile when he abruptly turned to elude the officers that were pursuing him.
Kirk was not injured, but police say she was uncooperative and initially would not provide any information about Alvarez.
As police continued to search for Alvarez, they found his snowmobile at Schueler’s Sled Shed on Route 28, where he rents storage space. Police followed a lead provided by another snowmobile driver who Alvarez allegedly almost hit head-on while he was evading police.
Alvarez was later found walking down Route 28 wearing only shorts and a T-shirt after discarding his snowmobile clothing under a parked vehicle at Schuler’s Sled Shed.
Alvarez was taken into custody and processed at the Town of Webb Police Department on the following charges:
- Unlawfully fleeing a police officer
- Reckless endangerment
- Reckless operation (snowmobile)
- Failure to comply
- Unregistered snowmobile
- Uninsured snowmobile
- No registration validation sticker
- Imprudent speed
- Operating without headlights
- No trail permit
- Fail to cross highway at 90 deg.
- Inadequate/modified exhaust
The defendant was released on appearance tickets without bail, in accordance with bail reform guidelines.
Town of Webb Police Chief Ron Johnston says its hard to enforce the law after the implemenation of bail reform earlier this month.
"Unfortunately, we've had someone whose been charged on multiple offense from the state of New Jersey, and because of the new New York bail reform, we weren't able to get any type of retainer from him. But it's very frustrating when you're trying to serve your community, and make sure these people come back for court," said Johnston.
Alvarez is scheduled to return to Town of Webb court at a later date.