GLOVERSVILLE - What began as a traffic stop by police of a car with five occupants on North Arlington Avenue on Thursday ended with the arrest of four men, three of whom police chased on foot through city neighborhoods.
A fifth occupant of the car was released without charges, police said.
Police said officers tried to stop the car on North Arlington Avenue on Thursday evening for a vehicle and traffic infraction.
Christopher Dacorsi, 36, of 99 Woodside Ave., the driver of the vehicle, failed to comply with the officers' patrol car's lights and sirens, police said. The vehicle began to speed away, police said, and other city police officers and Fulton County sheriff's deputies assisted with the pursuit.
Police said the vehicle turned on to West Eighth Avenue, then on to West Street, to West State Street and then toward Meco Ball Park.
The vehicle then drove into a hedgerow, stopping the car. Three of the occupants fled the car. Two occupants, including Matthew Chest, 29, of 19 N. Melcher St., Johnstown, remained in the car, police said.
Chest was taken into custody and charged with first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substances, both felonies.
Dacorsi, after jumping out of the vehicle, tried to hide among park patrons, police said. After being taken into custody, he was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, police said. Darcosi was charged with first-degree hindering prosecution, a felony, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and numerous traffic misdemeanors and violations.
Clayton Hines, 31, of 147 Somers St., Brooklyn, also ran from officers, police said. He was caught by officers and deputies, police said, who found he was in possession of just under an ounce of crack cocaine. The crack cocaine was packaged for sale, police said. Clayton Hines was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Sean Hines, 29, of 807 Saratoga Ave., Brooklyn, also ran, police said, and was captured by offices and deputies. He was charged with first-degree conspiracy, a felony.
Dacorsi, Clayton Hines, Chest and Sean Hines were arraigned in City Court on Friday by Judge John Clo. Bail was set. Each man was sent to Fulton County Jail, police said.