NEW PALTZ – A Kingston teenager is in jail after he led New Paltz Police on a high-speed chase before he lost control of his bike and crashed.
Police responded to a report of two motorcycles operating recklessly on Route 32 north in the Village of New Paltz at around 6:46 p.m. on July 30. Officers attempted to stop them with one pulling over, but the operator of the other bike, Ryan Hintz, 17, of Kingston took off, attempting to elude officers by weaving through traffic and driving at more than double the speed limits.
Hintz went up a one-way street in the wrong direction almost striking a pedestrian crossing the street. He lost control of the motorcycle, struck a curb and came to rest in the front yard of a residence where he was taken into custody.
Hintz was charged with felony reckless endangerment, misdemeanors of unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, as well as several traffic infractions. He was sent to the Ulster County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.