Wanted man crashes into Trooper car, attempts to flee on foot

GREENVILLE – State Police in Orange County pulled a vehicle over Thursday night for a traffic violation on Greenville Turnpike.  The driver, identified as 48-year-old Todd Balzano of Lawrence, became irate during the stop and sped away from the Trooper.

The police learned that Balzano was wanted on a warrant from the State Police in Brewster.  While attempting to flee, Balzano lost control of his 2017 Audi Q7 and struck a State Police vehicle.  He proceeded to exit his car and run from the scene.  After a short foot pursuit he was apprehended.

After being taken into custody, Balzano began to complain of knee pain. Greenville EMS arrived on the scene and transported Balzano to Garnet Health Medical Center in Orange County.

The Trooper was also transported to Garnet Medical Center where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Balzano was found to be in possession of a smoking device containing methamphetamine. It was determined that he was under the influence of drugs and he was subsequently charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. After being treated and released from the hospital he was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd degree, and Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle, all misdemeanors.

There may be additional charges to follow. Balzano was issued Uniform Traffic Tickets and an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Town of Greenville Court on October 8, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. He was then turned over to the state police from the Brewster barracks for the active bench warrant.

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