Mid-Hudson Bridge crash caused by man trying to elude cops

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TOWN OF LLOYD – A City of Poughkeepsie man, who was observed Wednesday morning traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed over the Mid-Hudson Bridge, caused a multi-vehicle pileup, sent people to the hospital, and tied up traffic for hours, State Police said on Thursday.

At around 7 a.m., troopers spotted a 2008 Audi A6 with North Carolina plates barreling over the bridge toward Poughkeepsie and as the driver, later identified as Tyzhan Catts, 23, of Poughkeepsie failed to comply with a trooper trying to pull him over, he attempted to pass vehicles by driving into oncoming traffic.

As a result, he crashed into a 2004 BMW motorcycle operated by Michael Cehlarik, 62, of Poughkeepsie, a 2009 Honda CRV driven by Doris Melendez-Martinez, 31, from Poughkeepsie, and a 2015 Volkswagen Golf driven by Kevin Ruby, 40, of Saugerties.

Catts and his passenger, Teri Dominguez, 28, also from Poughkeepsie, were taken to MidHudson Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Melendez-Martinez was also treated at MidHudso0n Regional for non-life-threatening injuries.

Cehlarik was also taken to MidHudson with non-life-threatening injuries and Ruby and his passenger in the VW, were not injured.

Catts was charged with reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and driving while ability impaired by drugs.

He was released on an appearance ticket.