NEW PALTZ – Three men and a woman, all from New York City, are under arrest following an incident involving New Paltz and State Police. One New Paltz officer was dragged by the car being sought freed himself. He sustained minor injuries.
It all started on Thursday, May 31 at 2 a.m. when New Paltz Police stopped a vehicle on North Putt Corners Road in the Town of New Paltz for a vehicle and traffic violation.
The officer noticed that the rear seat passengers matched a description of two people who were reported to have fled from State Police earlier in the evening during a traffic stop on the Thruway.
The New Paltz officer called for back-up and when other officers arrived, they removed the driver from the car. That’s when one of the rear passengers jumped into the driver’s seat. The local officer attempted to stop him from putting the car into gear, but it took off dragging him for a short distance. Another officer fired one shot at a tire in an attempt to stop the car.
The vehicle then crashed into a wooded area and the occupants fled. They were later apprehended by State Police after it was learned they had taken a taxicab, which was stopped on North Ohioville Road.
Arrested were Kayla Chevalier, 22, Matthew King, 23, Dontayvus Thomas, 26, and Robert Wannaker, 24.
Thomas, King and Wannaker were each charged with felony drug possession and obstructing governmental administration. Thomas and King were also charged with reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. Chevalier was charged with hindering prosecution, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. The three men were sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail or bond. Chevalier’s bail was set at $50,000 cash or bond.