WAPPINGERS FALLS – Twenty-two-year-old Kaylee Espinosa is facing two misdemeanor charges and several traffic violations after leading state troopers on a high-speed chase northbound on Route 9 on the night of November 19, 2022. The pursuit began in the Town of Wappinger and ended when Espinosa, a Poughkeepsie resident, crashed into a Town of Poughkeepsie police cruiser that was attempting to stop the fleeing vehicle.
Espinosa was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of unlawful fleeing of a police officer and reckless endangerment. She also faces numerous vehicle and traffic violations after the pursuit and was released on appearance tickets for a later court date.
According to the New York State Police, troopers attempted to stop Espinosa around 10 pm for traffic violations on Route 9 in the Town of Wappinger. Ignoring the lights and sirens of the state police vehicle, Espinosa attempted to elude police by fleeing north on Route 9. A State Police spokesperson told Mid-Hudson News that Espinosa operated her 2003 Nissan Sentra at speeds over 90 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone. While speeding, Espinosa allegedly committed several additional traffic infractions.
Town of Poughkeepsie police attempted to assist in bringing the chase to a conclusion by posting units near the Spackenkill Road interchange. While speeding towards Spackenkill Road, Espinosa allegedly lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a Town of Poughkeepsie police cruiser, pushing the police car up an embankment.
The police vehicle came to rest in what was described as an “unstable” position after being struck by Espinosa and required the assistance of emergency personnel to stabilize it. EMS was summoned to the scene to treat injuries. Authorities did not indicate if the treatment was for the town officer, Espinosa, or another subject at the scene.
A law enforcement accident reconstruction team was summoned to the scene to investigate the collision.
Espinosa is scheduled to appear in the Town of Wappinger Justice Court on December 14, 2022 to answer the charges.