Vermont man charged after 30-mile chase on highway

A 37-year-old Vermont man has been charged after authorities say he led New York police on a 30-mile (48-kilometer) high-speed chase on an upstate highway.

Posted: Aug 4, 2018 7:07 AM

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) - A 37-year-old Vermont man has been charged after authorities say he led New York police on a 30-mile (48-kilometer) high-speed chase on an upstate highway.

State police tell The Post-Star that authorities were looking for Austin Blodgett of Mount Holly after receiving a report Thursday that he had displayed a gun during an encounter with someone in Westport in Essex County.

Troopers later spotted him traveling south on Interstate 87, the Adirondack Northway. Police say he refused to stop and accelerated to more than 100 mph.

The pursuit also involved sheriff's deputies in neighboring Warren County, where Blodgett stopped near Exit 23 in the town of Lake George.

He's charged with numerous traffic violations. Troopers also say Blodgett was charged with illegally possessing a 9mm handgun in New York. It wasn't clear if he has a lawyer.

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