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Drunk leads several cops on high speed chase

Drunk leads several cops on high speed chase

PUCKHKEEPSIE The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office has detained an accused drunk driver after he led several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed pursuit on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Around 11:10 p.m., a deputy tried to stop a car on the Hyde Park/Town of Poughkeepsie line, sparking the start of the chase.

According to Sheriff’s Captain John Watterson, a car on Route 9 at the boundary between the Town of Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park was stopped by a deputy, but the driver did not comply. Multiple police units pursued the driver, later identified as 27-year-old Scott Owen, as he continued driving south on Route 9, zigzagging through the City of Poughkeepsie to Wilbur Boulevard. He escaped westward, down Spackenkill Road and Wilbur Boulevard, toward the IBM South Road facility.

When he got to IBM Road, Owen continued to sprint through his home town of Poughkeepsie’s Crown Heights neighborhood without stopping. After passing Bowdoin Park and onto Shaefe Road, the suspect turned left onto Channingville Road and proceeded north. Owen then turned onto Nelson Avenue and then onto Delavergne Avenue, returning to Shaefe Road while the police pursued him.

He drove back into the Crown Heights neighborhood, went north on Shaefe Road, and stopped close to his Marino Drive home, where he was apprehended.

Owen faces misdemeanor charges for careless driving, aggravated DWI, and unauthorized flight from a police officer. Additionally, he received fines for multiple moving infractions.

Owen received appearance tickets with arraignment dates in the City and Town of Poughkeepsie courts as a result of his botched attempt to elude the law.

The New York State Police, Town of Poughkeepsie Police, and City of Poughkeepsie Police all provided assistance in the pursuit and capture of Owen in addition to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.


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