High speed chase from Akwesasne to Massena

MASSENA, N.Y. – A man is facing a number of charges after leading New York State Police and St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police on a high speed chase.

The chase reportedly happened around 4 p.m. Monday when an officer tried to pull over a Jeep Liberty on State Route 37 in Akwesasne when the driver took off.

A witness told the Watertown Daily Times he saw cruisers trying to box in the vehicle near the Mohawk Bingo Palace.

The pursuit went nearly 20 kilometers (12 miles) before ending on Alden Street in Massena, when the SUV crashed into an embankment next to the railroad tracks on Curtis Street.

The driver and a female passenger were reportedly not injured.

Tpr. Brian LaBarge told North Country Now the driver from Massena is charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer, second-degree reckless endangerment and other traffic violations.

It’s not known why the suspect fled because police told New York media he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and there was no narcotics in the vehicle.

The man was released on $5,000 bail.

This map shows the approximate beginning and ending points of a high speed chase on State Route 37.

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