PERU — State Police have made arrests in two traffic chases over the past few days.

At around 2:04 p.m. Tuesday, troopers pulled over a 2008 Honda Accord on the northbound side of Interstate 87 near exit 34 for traveling 90 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone, State Police said in a press release.

When the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver, Justin R. Santiago, 28, of Staten Island, allegedly drove off.


State Police followed the Honda as it exited the interstate and sped through the towns of Peru and AuSable, police said.

Santiago reportedly stopped the vehicle on State Route 9 in AuSable, then fled into the woods. 

A trooper pursuing him ordered him to stop, and when Santiago refused to do so, released his K9 partner who engaged him, police said.

Police took Santiago into custody and he was treated for multiple bite wounds.


Police allegedly discovered two small children and a female passenger were in the Honda.

Santiago was charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

He was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and ticketed for several traffic infractions: operating a vehicle without insurance, equipment violations, operating an unregistered vehicle, improper plates, failure to keep right, improper passing on right, moving from the lane unsafely, unsafe turn/failure to signal, illegal signal, failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding and rear passenger restraint violation, according to the State Police Troop B blotter.

Santiago was arraigned in Peru Town Court on all charges and sent to Clinton County Jail on $1,600 bail/$3,200 bond.

He remained in custody Wednesday, according to VINELink, and is due back in Peru, AuSable and Chesterfield town courts at later dates.

Police say the pursuit lasted about nine minutes and covered approximately 10 miles.


At around 5:36 p.m. Saturday, police initiated a traffic stop on a 2003 Honda motorcycle going 131 mph in a 55 mph zone on State Route 37 in the Town of Malone, police said.

The motorcycle reportedly did not stop and continued traveling south toward the Village of Malone.

As it entered the village and stopped on State Route 11B, Malone Village Police officers apprehended the operator, Brandon J. Bouvia, 27, of Malone.

He was charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer and reckless driving, both misdemeanors.

State Police additionally ticketed Bouvia for a license violation, a traffic device violation, unsafe turn/failure to signal, speeding and improper passing, according to the blotter.

His arraignment took place in Malone Town Court.

Bouvia was released under the supervision of probation.


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