SCHENECTADY, NY—A marked city police SUV was stolen from outside Ellis Hospital and recovered about 62 miles away in Kingston Monday, city police said.
The SUV was taken at about 6:28 p.m. Monday from the hospital by a man whom officers had taken there for an evaluation, police said.
Schenectady police chased after the police vehicle until it entered the state Thruway at Exit 25 where the State Police Troop T took over as lead agency in the pursuit, troopers said.
The driver continued east on the Thruway before turning south at Albany, troopers said. As the vehicle traveled south down Interstate 87, a helicopter from the State Police Aviation Unit was sent to monitor the pursuit from the air.
When the fleeing police SUV and pursuing vehicles entered Ulster County, an Ulster County sheriff's deputy "successfully deployed a tire deflation device, rendering the stolen patrol vehicle immobile," troopers said.
The driver of the marked Schenectady police SUV was arrested and turned over to Schenectady police, troopers said.
The 43-year-old Schenectady man was charged with grand larceny, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, and several vehicle and traffic law violations, troopers said.
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