WILD CHASE

CLIFTON PARK -- A downstate motorcycle chase ended earlier this week when a Plattsburgh man ran out of gas.

State Police said Jonah Calkins led troopers on a high-speed chase on the Thruway early Wednesday afternoon.

Police tried to pull the 32-year-old over for speeding in New Baltimore, but he allegedly kept driving and weaving through the northbound traffic, at times in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Due to traffic conditions, officials backed off the racing bike.

But other officials were alerted about the wanted 1998 Honda motorcycle and the bike was spotted near Exit 8 on Interstate 87 a short time later.

Calkins had run out of gas and ditched the motorcycle.

State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Maureen Tuffy said he was taken into custody at a nearby Citgo gas station.

Calkins was arrested on misdemeanor charges of unlawfully fleeing a police officer and theft of services for not paying tolls. He was also issued several traffic citations, including for reckless driving.

He was arraigned in the Albany City Court and was later sent to the Albany County Jail on $2,500 bail, which officials said he had not posted as of Thursday afternoon.

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