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The Times
  • Police pursuit ends in crash on state Thruway

  • A police pursuit that started in Rome and continued onto the state Thruway Wednesday night ended with the suspect's vehicle crashing in Schuyler, according to Rome police.

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  • A police pursuit that started in Rome and continued onto the state Thruway Wednesday night ended with the suspect's vehicle crashing in Schuyler, according to Rome police.
    The pursuit started after a domestic incident around 8:15 p.m. on West Thomas Street in the city of Rome, police said.
    Joshua A. Morgan, 22, fled the scene in a pick-up truck, police said. Officers observed Morgan's vehicle being operated in an unsafe manner and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, police said.
    Morgan failed to comply and proceeded onto Madison Street and eventually onto Erie Boulevard, police said. Morgan then drove eastbound on Erie Boulevard and entered onto Route 365, heading west. Officers followed Morgan along Route 365 and Morgan then entered the New York State Thruway at the Verona entrance, police said.
    Morgan then drove eastbound on the Thruway for several miles as officers and 911 dispatchers attempted to contact Morgan via cellphone. Members of the state police made two attempts to stop Morgan’s vehicle by using spike strips but Morgan was able to avoid them, police said.
    Morgan continued on and a third attempt to stop Morgan’s vehicle by using spike strips was attempted at Thruway mile marker 231 and was successful, police said.
    Morgan went off the highway around 9:40 p.m. near Dyke Road in Schuyler and was taken into custody by members of the Rome and state police, police said.
    Morgan suffered a minor laceration to his hand and was treated by medics.
    Morgan was issued several citations for traffic violations and also charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, police said.
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