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Troopers run suspect off road

Woman from Perth was wanted by Saratoga police

November 21, 2012
Staff reports , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Police chased a Perth woman for about 30 miles through three counties Tuesday afternoon before forcing her car 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 third-degree fleeing of an officer in a motor vehicle and petit larceny after she was taken into custody, state police said Tuesday.

She also was charged by Fulton County sheriff's deputies with second-degree reckless endangerment, reckeless driving, failure to keep right and failure to comply with lawful order.

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State 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. Troopers said a Perth woman led police on a chase that started in Saratoga Springs. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

No one was injured in the pursuit, police said.

The chase reportedly began after Ratjer resisted an officer's attempt to arrest her on a complaint that she had stolen a wallet from a customer at Price Chopper in Saratoga Springs, that city's police department told The Saratogian newspaper.

At about 1 p.m., state police tried to stop Rajter on Route 67 in the town of Charlton in Saratoga County, state police said in a news release.

"Rajter refused to pull over and led police on a pursuit that traveled into Montgomery County and the city of Amsterdam, then turned north to continue into Fulton County," troopers said in the news release.

Rajter turned west on Route 29, and her vehicle struck a Fulton County sheriff's vehicle near Nine-Mile Tree Road in Mayfield, according to police and sheriff's officials.

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.

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said the damage to his agency's patrol car would cost several thousand dollars to repair.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information provided after deadline.



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