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Bethlehem police car chase leads to Albany crash

A high-speed car chase with police ended with a Delmar man crashing his Mustang into a utility pole and then a home in Albany before fleeing the scene on foot on the evening of Wednesday, July 15.

Bethlehem police said Thomas C. Pusatere of 30 Crystal Lane, Delmar, was charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, a misdemeanor, and several vehicle and traffic law violations.

At 9:41 p.m. a Bethlehem police officer saw a Black Mustang driving east on Delaware Avenue and Mason Road at a high rate of speed, but when the officer attempted to stop the vehicle it continued and led police on a chase into the city of Albany, according to a release on the incident.

Police said Pusatere drove his car into a utility pole after turning onto Whitehall Road at the end of the chase, "shearing it in two," and that his vehicle continued forward and struck the front porch of a residence before coming to rest on the sidewalk of Whitehall Road and Rose Court.

Pusatere then allegedly fled the scene on foot before being apprehended several hours later, a police report states. He is scheduled to appear in Bethlehem Town Court on July 21 at 4 p.m.

Bethlehem police said the Albany Police Department and its K-9 unit assisted in investigating the matter.

For updates on this story, return to www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, July 22, print edition of The Spotlight.

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