Long police pursuit results in arrests

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AMSTERDAM — After a long pursuit from Amsterdam to Schenectady on Tuesday, three area residents were arrested and found to allegedly be in possession of narcotics.

According to a news release, at 1:13 p.m., Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Church Street in the city in which the driver, 28-year-old Stanley Lacy, allegedly did not comply and fled from deputies in an attempt to evade a possible arrest, leading deputies on a pursuit.

Assisting with the pursuit were Amsterdam city police and state police, who made several attempts to halt the vehicle with spike strips that were unsuccessful.

Lacy lost control of his vehicle while driving up an on-ramp on I-890 in the city of Schenectady, disabling the vehicle.

While taking Lacy and two other passengers — Destanee A. Gilchrist and Janelle A. Vennett — into custody, deputies found a “large amount” of narcotics.

Lacy, of 1067 Strong St., Schenectady was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

Gilchrist, 24, of 32 William St., Amsterdam, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Vennett, 25, of 2577 Teller St., Amsterdam, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

All three were arraigned in front of Judge Lisa Lorman in Amsterdam City Court.

Gilchrist and Vennett were released on their own recognizance and are scheduled to appear in City Court at a later date.

Lacy was held without bail as he had two prior felony convictions and is currently on state parole. According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Lacy had been convicted of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree promoting prison contraband. He was released on parole on Dec. 19, with a conditional release date of May 20 and a maximum parole release date of Dec. 19, 2023.

Assisting the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office during the pursuit and with the investigation were the Amsterdam Police Department, state police, the Rotterdam Police Department, the Schenectady Police Department, the Canadian Pacific Railroad Police and state parole.

By Josh Bovee

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