Three teens face charges in Troy-Albany-Rensselaer chase

Friday, March 28, 2014
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— All three people in the car that police chased from Troy to Albany to Rensselaer on Wednesday now face drug or weapons charges, police said.

Police also released new details on the end of the chase, when the three suspects went over the side of a 40 foot high bridge. They said one jumped, one dangled and then let go rather than be caught, and the third was dragged back to safety by police.

The incident began around 1 p.m. when officers from Troy tried to stop a vehicle as part of an ongoing investigation.

The vehicle fled down Interstate 787 toward Albany. The Troy officers lost sight of the vehicle near Interstate 90. Soon after, Albany officers spotted the vehicle on Quail Street, near Western Avenue.

The driver fled again, and that chase ended on the Rensselaer side of the Dunn Memorial Bridge, when the car crashed into a concrete wall.

The three suspects then immediately went for the wall.

The driver, Dahmeek McDonald, 19, of Troy, jumped from the ramp and was injured when he landed. He was treated at the scene and taken to Albany Medical Center, where he was listed Thursday in stable condition.

Javon Daniels, 17, of Troy, also climbed over the ramp rail and dangled himself about 40 feet above the ground. Lt. Joseph Carnevali and Officer William DiCarlo tried to rescue him, but as they approached, Daniels let go. Daniels too was injured and also was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he was in stable condition Thursday.

The third suspect, Donovan Mays, 17, of Troy, also climbed over the rail, but didn’t jump, police said. He grabbed a nearby cable. Officer Michael Romano grabbed Mays’ coat and held onto him to prevent him from falling, then pulled him back to the roadway and took him into custody.

Both McDonald and Daniels were found with crack cocaine on them and charged with controlled substance possession.

All three were charged with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon — a gun found at the scene.

Mays was arraigned and ordered held. McDonald and Daniels were in police custody Thursday, at the hospital awaiting arraignment.

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