Deputy crashes during Hilltowns chase

An Albany County Sheriff's Deputy briefly landed in the hospital last night after crashing his squad car during a chase in the Hilltowns.

Deputy James Alverson lost control of his vehicle while responding to an ongoing chase, police said. His squad car went off the slippery road in a ditch on Route 85 in the vicinity of Thacher Park, and he was taken to Albany Medical Center where he was treated for neck and back pain and later released.

The whole incident started at about 10 p.m., when Deputy Sheriff Phil White conducted a vehicle stop on County Route 353 in the area of County Route 359 in the Town of Rensselaerville. Police said the driver, Kevin M. Sarkey, 44, of 392 County Route 353, sped off after being asked to exit his vehicle to perform sobriety tests.

He later ditched his vehicle and fled the scene on foot into a wooded area, police said. Deputy Wood radioed for assistance.

Sarkey was later located at his residence, arrested, and charged with DWI, unlawful fleeing, speeding and other vehicle and traffic law violations.

He was arraigned in the Town of Rensselaerville court and remanded to the Albany County

jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Kevin M. Sarkey


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