Republished from Oct. 7 Sun Community News
PLATTSBURGH, NY | Two Vermont men are now facing charges for allegedly ramming a New York State Police cruiser, injuring a local trooper and leading authorities on a high-speed chase.
On Oct. 7, State Police arrested Sebastian Adams, 23, of Isle La Motte and Jamie Labonte, 31, of Milton on charges of third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer and second-degree reckless endangerment.
Labonte was additionally charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and an additional count of reckless endangerment.
Both men were released with appearance tickets for Town of Plattsburgh Court Oct. 26.
Authorities had been searching for the motorcyclists since Sept. 23 after they allegedly ran from police during an attempted traffic stop along the Commodore Thomas Macdonough Highway in Cumberland Head.
While attempting to stop the drivers, police said, one of the motorcyclists drove at the trooper’s patrol car and hit the driver’s side door, causing minor injuries to the trooper and damage to the cruiser.
The motorcyclists then fled at a high rate of speed up Route 9 toward Champalin, reaching speeds of roughly 100 miles per hour before they crossed back into Vermont, police said at the time.