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Woman faces new charges in car chase

December 27, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - A Fort Hunter woman was charged by city police Dec. 12 with several misdemeanors related to a high-speed chase in November that went from Saratoga Springs to Gloversville.

Kathleen Rajter, 60, of 335 Apalka Road, Fort Johnson, who authorities said struck a Fulton County Sheriff's Department vehicle during the pursuit, was charged by Amsterdam police with reckless driving, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle, and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.

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

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

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 was near 75 mph, police said.



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