Pawling man leads cops on Putnam car chase, troopers say

A Pawling man pulled over for speeding led police on a 10-mile chase along Putnam County roads and struggled with arresting officers before being hit with charges, police said.

Joseph F. Gibbons, 51, was charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer and resisting arrest, misdemeanors, and multiple traffic violations, State Police said Monday in a statement.

About 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Gibbons was stopped by a state trooper on Interstate 84 in the Town of Southeast for driving his 2003 Toyota Camry at 75 mph in a 55 mph zone, police said. The trooper approached Gibbons' vehicle and Gibbons became verbally abusive, refused to show identification and then drove off, police said.


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The trooper notified other police units in the area and began to pursue Gibbons' car down I-84. The trooper caught up to Gibbons on I-84, with the pursuit reaching speeds over 90 mph before Gibbons exited onto State Route 311 and the chase slowed to local speed limits, police said.

The pursuit continued for several more minutes and moved onto State Route 292 before Gibbons pulled over at the intersection with Harmony Road in the Town of Patterson. Gibbons refused to open the car door and was forcibly removed from the Camry after troopers broke the window, cut off his seat belt and pulled him out, police said.

Gibbons then struggled with the troopers before being taken into custody, police said. His vehicle was impounded and he was taken to the State Police barracks in East Fishkill for processing, police said. No one was injured.

Police said they do not know why Gibbons refused to cooperate with authorities.

Gibbons was arraigned Sunday in Patterson Town Court and sent to the Putnam County jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. Officials at the court had no further information Monday on his court appearance or his legal representation.

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