Teen, woman wreck car over drugs


GLOVERSVILLE — City police say an unnamed 15-year-old and a Montgomery County woman are facing charges after their vehicle struck two buildings while fleeing officers.

Athena M. Tsampasis, 18, of 5071 Route 5S in Sprakers was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. An unnamed 15-year-old was also given a family court referral and probation.

Officers said on Thursday, at about 2:15 p.m., a member of the city police’s patrol division was behind a motor vehicle for which information had been developed, indicating that the vehicle was involved in the transportation of narcotics within the city. As the patrol officer followed the vehicle south on Littauer Place, the operator of the vehicle realized a marked police car was behind it, the driver quickly accelerated going through the intersection of East Fulton Street and Littauer Place, striking a residence on the south side of East Fulton Street, causing extensive damage to the home.

The vehicle then proceeded west on East Fulton Street, before making a left-hand turn onto Fremont Street. The vehicle left the west side of Fremont Street, and proceeded down the sidewalk striking the Knesseth Israel Synagogue, causing significant damage, and striking four separate vehicles parked on Fremont Street.

The vehicle became disabled as a result of the collisions, and came to rest in a parking lot at the intersection of Fremont Street and Washington Street. When the Patrol Officer attempted to take the operator of the vehicle into custody, police said the driver physically resisted.

The operator was ultimately taken into custody and found to be in possession of heroin, packaged for sale. The operator was also discovered to be a 15-year-old juvenile male. Also in the vehicle was an adult female, Tsampasis, who was chared for endangering the welfare of a child, based on evidence discovered during the course of the investigation.

The juvenile male was referred to Fulton County Probation and Fulton County Family Court.

Athena M. Tsampasis was processed and released with an appearance ticket, and is scheduled to appear in City Court on a future date.

The Gloversville Police Department was provided assistance by members of Fulton County Probation Department, as well as the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

This is Tsampasis’ second charge in a month. On Aug. 8, Tsampasis and another person were stopped by state police on I-87 in Cornwall. During the trooper’s interview of the driver they said they found probable cause to search the vehicle and occupants.

Trooper’s said the passenger, Tsampasis, was found in possession of approximately 17 grams of cocaine.

Tsampasis, was charged in that case with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, intent to sell and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both charges are felonies.

By Patricia Older

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