A Schenectady man stole a city police patrol SUV Monday and then led police on an approximately 70-mile chase down the Thruway to Ulster County, state police said.
Police ultimately stopped the car there only with the help of a tire deflation device. No injuries were reported.
Arrested was Ricky Izarry, 43, of Schenectady. He was turned over to Schenectady police and is expected to face multiple charges, including grand larceny and unlawfully fleeing a police officer, state police said.
The incident began at about 6:28 p.m. at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Schenectady police reported then that one of its marked patrol SUVs was stolen from Ellis by someone they had taken there for an evaluation, state police said.
Schenectady police pursued the vehicle, with state police assisting, but it made it to the Thruway at Exit 25 and kept going, state police said.
State police then took over the chase and it continued south past Albany. A state police helicopter joined the pursuit, monitoring it from the air, state police said.
It then continued into Ulster County where an Ulster County Sheriff’s Deputy deployed the tire deflation device, bringing the chase to an end, state police said.
Further information on the Schenectady charges was not immediately available Monday evening.