Saratoga man allegedly assaulted girlfriend, fled from police

Sunday, August 11, 2013
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— A Saratoga Springs man suspected of domestic violence led police on an extended car chase Sunday morning.

A woman who police say was visibly distraught and appeared to have been assaulted told police early Sunday morning that her boyfriend had beaten and choked her in a house on Nelson Avenue.

When officers approached the house, a man fitting the description of the boyfriend reportedly ran from the house, got in a gray Volkswagon and fled from the scene at about 7:30 a.m.

The driver led police on a chase that went through Saratoga Springs, into Malta, Ballston Spa, Milton, and then back into Saratoga Springs, police said.

Police said the driver lost control of the vehicle at around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Pine Road and Grand Avenue and crashed into the woods.

The driver, who was uninjured, was identified as Anthony Smith, 24, of Nelson Avenue.

He was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, first-degree rape, third-degree assault, obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, two counts of completing a first-degree criminal sex act, failure to comply with lawful order of the police, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and a number of other traffic violations.

Smith was set to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond bail.

The victim was transported to Saratoga Hospital where she was being treated Sunday for non-life-threatening injuries.

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