Akwesasne man charged in deadly I-87 chase

(New York Governor's Office/governor.ny.gov via Newswatch Group)

CHESTER, N.Y. – A man from Akwesasne has been charged in connection to a high speed chase with New York State Police which led to a death of another motorist.

The police chase started Thursday (Sept. 26) around 8 a.m. when an officer clocked an Ontario-registered pickup truck going 90 miles per hour (144 kilometers per hour) through a construction zone and tried to stop it, according to NNY360.

The area of the chase is about 230 kilometers southeast of Cornwall (130 kilometers north of Albany, N.Y.)

The pursuit lasted about 25 miles (40 kilometers) in the northbound lanes of the Adirondack Northway (I-87) before the suspect’s truck smashed into the back of another pickup truck on an exit ramp, killing 38-year-old Joseph Turcotte from Brant Lake, N.Y. Turcotte was a member of the local community planning board and was part of a family business.

The accused kept driving after the fatal crash, before he bailed and tried to run away. Officers caught him after a short chase.

Skyler Crouse of Akwesasne is charged with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and resisting arrest.

Crouse was angry and defiant as he was led into a Warren County courthouse on Thursday and spit on a TV cameraman, NNY360 reported.

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