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Failure to comply ends in Amenia

Published: March 16, 2018

For More Information Contact:

Captain John Watterson
845-486-3860       

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation into a failure to comply which occurred at approximately 1:15 am on 3/16/18 and went from the City of Poughkeepsie to the Town of Amenia.

On the above date and time Sheriff’s Deputies responded to assist the City of Poughkeepsie Police, who had been attempting to stop a vehicle that wasn’t complying. Once outside the City limits the Sheriff’s Office assumed the lead role and continued attempting to stop the vehicle. The vehicle then continued to travel without stopping until it got to Route 22 in Amenia, at which time stop sticks were deployed and the vehicle complied. While the vehicle was failing to comply information was coming in from Ulster County that it was possibly stolen and one of the passengers may have been abducted. 

Further investigation revealed that all of the occupants (6 total) were juveniles, and there was no abduction however the vehicle was stolen from one of their relatives in Ulster County. The vehicle owners declined to press charges for the theft, and so the five passengers were released to their parents. The operator, a 15-year-old male, was arrested and charged as a juvenile for his actions related to the failure to comply and he will appear before Family Court at a later date. The identities of all involved are being withheld due to their ages.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the State Police, and more information may be released at a later time as it becomes available.