BETHLEHEM — The Bethlehem Police Department arrested a 28-year-old Voorheesville man on Tuesday, July 2 in relation to resisting arrest and being a parole absconder.
Back on Thursday, June 27 at around 7:15 p.m., the police was alerted that Joseph E. Russo had an active felony parole absconder warrant for his arrest and was at a Delmar residence. According to police, after they located him, Russo fled in a white 2019 Subaru WRX and drove erratically through traffic, almost hitting two police officers. Speeding through a residential Delmar neighborhood, police decided to not pursue him then because Russo was driving too fast and there were many pedestrians within the area.
Bethlehem police then informed surrounding police agencies that Russo had fled, leading Albany police to locate him and the vehicle on Delaware Avenue in Albany. Russo was arrested, taken into custody and turned over to state parole officers to be transported to the Albany County jail for his parole warrant.
On July 2, Russo was taken to the Bethlehem Town Court and arraigned by Judge Ryan Donovan. He was charged with attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, speed in zone, failure to stop at a stop sign, failing to signal a turn and operating a motor vehicle without a seatbelt.
Russo was remanded back to the Albany County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail and has a scheduled return court date in Bethlehem on Tuesday, August 6 at 4:30 p.m.