PLATTSBURGH — A patrol car collided with a civilian vehicle here early Saturday morning while chasing a suspect, City Police say.
Officers had dealt with an individual at Hobie’s late Friday night before later getting reports that someone had been stabbed in the area, Plattsburgh Police Chief Levi Ritter said.
Police then attempted to locate the individual, later identified as Ryan McKinstry, 30, of Plattsburgh, eventually finding him in the area of Protection Avenue just after 2 a.m., according to Ritter.
Officers pursued the individual on foot while a nearby patrol car attempted to also give chase down Marion Street.
“They proceeded through an intersection (with Clinton Street) as carefully as possible, but collided with another vehicle,” Ritter said. “There’s no good way to say this; the officer was at fault.”
He added that, due to the circumstances, he wouldn’t be releasing the names of the officer or the driver of the other vehicle.
The vehicle traveling up Clinton Street struck the right side of the patrol vehicle, Ritter said, causing a second collision into an uninvolved parked vehicle on Clinton.
The officers chasing McKinstry on foot had to abandon the chase and help handle the accident.
McKinstry was found roughly two hours later when someone reported a vehicle being vandalized at the corner of Margaret and Brinkerhoff streets, Ritter said.
Officers responded and apprehended McKinstry on Court Street outside of Olive Ridleys just after 4 a.m., according to Ritter.
He was charged with third-degree criminal mischief related to the damages to the car, a felony, as well as resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation, related to him fleeing the police throughout the night.
McKinstry was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court Saturday morning and remanded to Clinton County Jail, due to reappear in city court Nov. 13.
He was still in county jail as of 3:52 p.m. Monday.
While it is still being investigated, Ritter said he does not believe there was much weight to the stabbing allegation.
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