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Woman charged after car chase

November 20, 2012
The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Police chased a Fort Johnson woman for about 30 miles through three counties Tuesday afternoon before forcing her vehicle off the road as she tried to turn from Route 29 onto Steele Avenue Extension.

Kathleen Rajter, 60, who authorities said struck a Fulton County Sheriff's Department vehicle during the pursuit,

was charged by police with traffic counts and criminal charges after she was taken into custody without a struggle, state police said Tuesday.

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The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
Police secure the area where a three-county car chase ended near Route 29 and Steele Avenue Extension in the town of Johnstown on Tuesday.

No one was injured in the pursuit, police said.

At about 1 p.m., state police tried to stop Rajter on Route 67 in the town of Charlton in Saratoga County because she was wanted for questioning by Saratoga Springs police, state police said in a news release.

Rajter refused to pull over and led police on a pursuit into Montgomery County and the city of Amsterdam, police

said. Rajter then drove into Fulton County and turned west on Route 29 in Broadalbin, where her vehicle struck

a Fulton County sheriff's vehicle, police said.

The pursuit ended at 1:24 p.m., when a state police vehicle forced Rajter's car off the road as she tried to turn onto Steele Avenue Extension, police said.

Rajter's top speed during the three-county chase reached 75 mph, police said.

Authorities did not specify Rajter's charges in the news release Tuesday. Authorities also did not say why Rajter

was wanted for questioning in Saratoga.

More on this story will appear in Wednesday's print edition of The Leader-Herald.



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