Police: Man rolls minivan on Route 5 in Colonie, flees, runs into barbed wire fence


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COLONIE – A Troy man rolled a minivan onto its roof on Central Avenue in Colonie Monday morning and then fled the scene, police said.

When police caught up to him, he had to be treated for cuts suffered when he ran into a barbed wire fence while fleeing, police said.

The incident happened at about 6:40 a.m. west of Route 155, police said. Officers responding to reports of the crash found a black Chrysler minivan on its roof in the travel lane near Tompkins Motel.

The minivan had left the roadway and struck a telephone pole, splitting it before coming to a rest.

Witnesses told police the driver fled on foot.  Officers set up a perimeter and found the driver, identified as Jonathan Bernard, 36, of Colonie, and took him into custody, police said.


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Bernard told police he fled because he knew his license had been suspended, police said. Officers also soon determined Bernard had taken the vehicle from a repair shop in Troy where he worked without the permission of the owner.

Bernard was taken by Colonie EMS to Albany Medical Center for treatment of cuts he suffered to his head and hands on the barbed wire fence that he ran into while fleeing, police said.

Bernard was charged with one count each of third-degree unauthorized used of a motor vehicle and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, misdemeanors.

The westbound lanes of Central Avenue were closed for about an hour.  The crash remained under investigation by the Colonie Police Traffic Safety Division.

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