UTICA, N.Y. – Multiple agencies are investigating after a man allegedly stole a vehicle in Utica Wednesday morning, and led police on a car chase for nearly 90 miles until the suspect crashed the car in Hamilton County.
Eric P. Baker, 29, of Pittsford, allegedly assaulted the woman who owns the car at a gas station on Whitesboro Street, running her over and dragging her with the car as he drove away just before 11 a.m.
According to police, Baker was being treated at the McPike Addiction Treatment Center on Court Street in Utica prior to the incident, and said he wanted to go swimming in Saranac Lake.
State police saw the stolen Toyota Camry driving on State Route 28 by Moose River Track Road in the town of Webb. Baker was allegedly speeding through the town, forcing cars off of the road.
When the chase reached Eagle Bay, Webb police took over the pursuit. Officers put down a spike strip in Old Forge, but police say Baker avoided it.
Upon reaching state police Troop B territory, troopers joined the chase again.
Troopers put down another spike strip in Raquette Lake, which Baker also avoided.
The pursuit finally came to an end in Blue Mountain Lake after Baker crashed the car into two Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office vehicles.
Baker is charged with three counts of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawfully fleeing a police officer.
He was arraigned in Indian Lake Town Court and was released.
Police say no one was injured during the pursuit.
Steamboat Landing in Blue Mountain Lake posted a video of the chase as the vehicles passed by the venue on Wednesday.