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Two Schenectady men arrested after pursuit in Clifton Park

Thursday, January 24, 2013
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— Two Schenectady men were charged with resisting arrest, felony driving while intoxicated, and disorderly conduct after a traffic stop and foot chase Wednesday afternoon on Van Patten Drive.

State police stopped a 1993 Mercedes for speeding in the Van Patten Drive area in Clifton Park at 3:30 p.m.

As the trooper was approaching the vehicle, which contained two occupants, the driver, Kip Asmus, 30, of Schenectady, got out of the vehicle and advanced toward the trooper while disregarding all verbal instructions being given to him, state police said in a statement.

After a brief struggle between Asmus and the trooper, Asmus broke free and ran into a nearby wooded area with the trooper chasing him.

As the foot pursuit entered the woods, the passenger in the Mercedes, Benjamin Rapisarda, 29, of Schenectady, climbed into the driver seat and drove the car from the scene, state police said.

A second trooper arriving on the scene to assist spotted the vehicle driving off and initiated a traffic stop. Rapisarda resisted being placed into custody, at which time the original trooper returned and both troopers managed to bring him into custody.

Additional patrols from the state police and the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office, including a K9 unit, arrived and began searching for Asmus in the woods. A state police helicopter aided in the search. Asmus was located a short time later and taken into custody.

Asmus and Rapisarda were each charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction within 10 years and were arraigned in the Clifton Park Town Court. Asmus was also ticketed for speeding. Asmus and Rapisarda were taken to Saratoga County Jail for lack of bail.

 

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