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Police: Man chased car, struck hydrant

December 6, 2012
The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN -City police said a Gloversville driver was ticketed Sunday on six charges after he chased another driver and hit her vehicle, then struck a fire hydrant and damaged a resident's lawn, fence and parked vehicle.

No injuries were reported from the crash investigated by Johnstown police at 4:06 a.m. Sunday on North Perry Street, south of Elmwood Avenue.

Police said Christopher J. Parker, 36, of 57 Steele Ave., Gloversville, was ticketed on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, an overtaking violation, failure to keep right, imprudent speed, reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Police said Parker's car was "chasing" a car driven by Jennifer A. Arraiz, 27, of Gloversville, north on North Perry Street.

Sgt. Christopher Stevens said Arraiz was Parker's girlfriend and she had been trying to leave him "for some time."

Parker's vehicle struck Arraiz's vehicle with the right side, causing Parker's car to veer to the left, striking a curb on Elmwood Avenue and then going onto a terrace and striking a fire hydrant.

Police said Parker's vehicle dragged the hydrant across a lawn owned by Ronald B. Shults, of 425 N. Perry St., before putting the front tires over Shults' wooden retaining wall on the driveway.

Parker's vehicle then struck Shults' parked car, police said.



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