Waterford man arrested after car chase

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NORWAY — A Waterford man who led police on a chase and crashed his car at the intersection of Richardson Hollow and Greenwood roads was arrested Monday, police said.

Andrew Emerson, 20, was charged with failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and violation of bail conditions, according to officer Jim Ventresca.

Ventresca said he was conducting radar on Greenwood Road when a black car drove by “doing 60 mph in a 35-mph zone.”

He tried to stop the car, but the driver kept going, Ventresca said.

“He ended up driving off the road at the intersection of Richardson Hollow Road and Greenwood Road in Greenwood,” the officer said. ‘He and the passenger put their hands out the window at this point.”

Ventresca said he conducted a search of the vehicle and found drugs that didn’t belong to (Emerson).

“He stated to me that he didn’t stop because he had been in trouble in the past, had a record, was out on bail and didn’t want to go to jail,” Ventresca said.

The vehicle — a 2004 BMW — received minor damage to the front end, Ventresca said, adding that no one was injured during the chase.

Emerson’s arrest marked the second time in the past three years that he was charged with eluding an officer.

In February 2016, Emerson, then 17, was charged with aggravated counts of eluding an officer and driving to endanger after leading Norway officer Stephen Cronce on a car chase in Waterford on Dec. 26, 2016.

According to police, Emerson was speeding in a 2004 Mercedes registered to his mother and failed to stop when Cronce activated the police cruiser’s blue lights. In the ensuing chase, Cronce lost control of his cruiser while making a turn, went off road and slid into a tree.

Cronce was severely injured in the incident and was out on medical leave for many months.

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Andrew Emerson (Sun Journal file photo)

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