JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville man attempted to strike a sheriff’s patrol car and then led authorities on a chase from Johnstown to Fonda early Friday, Fulton County Sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.
No injuries were reported in the incident, but the man is accused of attempting to hit other vehicles during the chase, officials said.
Steven G. Horton, 30, of Gloversville, was ultimately arrested in Fonda, just before 1:30 a.m., with the help of Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies deflating Horton’s tires with “stop sticks,” a deflation device, officials said.
Authorities believe Horton was impaired by drugs, officials said.
The incident began in Johnstown as Horton attempted to rear end an occupied Fulton County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle, officials said.
Deputies attempted to stop Horton, but he refused and fled across Memorial Park, where he attempted to hit an uninvolved motorist, officials said.
The initial unit gave chase as others from the sheriff’s office and Johnstown Police Department responded. Horton then drove into the opposite lane of travel in an attempt to hit multiple responding vehicles, officials said.
Authorities determined Horton to be a threat to public safety and pursued, officials said.
Horton then traveled through Johnstown and ultimately to Fonda, where he was taken into custody after his tires got deflated.
Horton faces three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and one count of third-degree criminal mischief, felonies, along with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Further charges are expected later, pending lab results, officials said.
Horton was issued an appearance ticket to appear in court later. He was then turned over to medical personnel.
Sheriff Richard Giardino thanked the Johnstown Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police for their assistance.