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Men indicted in traffic stop, chase

September 24, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN -Four people were indicted by a Fulton County grand jury Friday on a total of nine counts stemming from a July 19 incident in Gloversville that involved a traffic stop, cocaine and a foot chase.

Indicted were: Matthew Chest, 29, of 19 N. Melcher St., Johnstown; Clayton Hines, 31, of 147 Somers St., Brooklyn; Christopher Dacorsi, 36, of 99 Woodside Ave., Gloversville; and Sean Hines, 29, of 807 Saratoga Ave., Brooklyn.

Chest was indicted on one felony count of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The indictment states he sold .54-ounce of cocaine to an undercover officer for $1,100 at about 9:25 p.m., July 19.

Clayton Hines was indicted on two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The indictment states that he possessed about 26.5 grams, or .935 ounce of cocaine with intent to sell at about 9:45 p.m., July 19.

DaCorsi was indicted on felony counts of first-degree hindering prosecution and second-degree hindering prosecution and a misdemeanor count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The indictment states he drove a vehicle to prevent the apprehension of Chest and Clayton Hines and also unlawfully possessed cocaine.

Sean Hines was also indicted on one felony count of second-degree conspiracy. The indictment states he agreed with Chest to have him sell more than a half-ounce of cocaine on July 19.

Gloversville police charged all four defendants on July 19 after chasing three of them on foot through city neighborhoods.

Police said Dacorsi - the driver of the vehicle containing five people -failed to comply with the officers' patrol car's lights and sirens on North Arlington Avenue.

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 Chest, remained in the car and Chest was taken into custody. 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.

Clayton and Sean Hines, also ran from officers, police said but were eventually caught by officers and deputies.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at johnstown@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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