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Local Police Chase Ends With Crooks Crashing Into Bank [Video]

Natasha Popolizio (Schenectady Police)

A police chase that started in Schenectady ends with a crash in Rotterdam. Now the three in the car are facing many, many charges.

The pursuit began in Schenectady around 6:30 pm Thursday, August 1st. Natasha Popolizio, 26, was behind the wheel with Margariata Lopez, 22, and a male teen as passengers as police pursued the vehicle for nearly 30 minutes.

The chase ended in Rotterdamn when Popolizio crashed into a Trust Co. Band. Police were on watch at the band all night as the damage left a gaping whole in the side of the bank. All three were treated at area hospitals before being taken into custody.

In total Popolizio faces upwards of 41 charges including

  • One count of Criminal Possession of a Narcotic in the 4th Degree,
  • Three counts of Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree,
  • One count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child,
  • One count of Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer,
  • One count of Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 4th Degree,
  • One count of Unlicensed Operation in the 2nd Degree,
  • One count of Reckless Driving,
Time behind bars is nothing new to Popolizio who was released from jail in June after serving three years for felony first-degree Reckless Endangerment after trying to run-over a Johnston police officer.

Margariata Lopez faces one count of Criminal Possession of Narcotic 4th.

At the time of this post, there was no confirmed reasoning for why the chase started.
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