Schenectady burglary suspect charged after Christmas police chase

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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— A man fleeing a burglary scene aimed his car at police last week and later broke an officer’s hand as he tried to avoid being taken into custody, authorities said.

The incident began early Christmas morning on Hulett Street and ended a short time later on Michigan Avenue.

Heeralall Yeapersaud, 44, of Hulett Street, is accused of entering his ex-wife’s residence after she told him repeatedly that he wasn’t allowed inside.

By having contact with her, he violated an order of protection, according to papers filed in court.

Police soon arrived and Yeapersaud tried to escape by trying to run over two officers who were attempting to stop him, authorities said.

Yeapersaud then fled in the vehicle down Emmett Street and Brandywine Avenue and finally to Michigan Avenue, according to papers. During that time he allegedly drove the wrong way on a one-way street, without headlights and with flat tires.

Officers finally caught up with Yeapersaud at the corner of Michigan and Van Cortlandt avenues, where he allegedly struggled with police and broke Officer Mark Weekes’ right hand.

Yeapersaud faces one count each of second-degree burglary, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree assault, all felonies.

He also faces misdemeanor counts of second-degree criminal contempt, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

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January 1, 2014
3:56 p.m.

The law should cover the nuance of the residual effects of an officer being injured. Hopefully the injured officer will heal with no ongoing limitations. I'm sure there are many compensatory options available. However, this officer's livelihood has been jeopardized. This should magnify these offenses to some degree.

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