Pearl River man led police on 100 mph chase, confronted troopers with gun, police say

Robert Altieri, 50, of Pearl River, was arrested Robert Altieri, 50, of Pearl River, was arrested Nov. 5 at gunpoint after leading police on a 100 mph chase through Orange County, police said. Photo Credit: New York State Police

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A Pearl River man was charged with reckless endangerment and weapons possession after leading state police on a 100-mile-per-hour chase before confronting police with a handgun in the Orange County town of Mount Hope.

Robert Altieri, 50, was persuaded by state police to drop his gun at the end of a 30-mile chase that began on the New York State Thruway in Woodbury and ended on Ridge Road in Mount Hope, off State Route 17, police said Tuesday.

Altieri's 2010 Lexus reached speeds that topped 100 miles per hour with state police in pursuit in the chase that began at about 11 a.m. Monday, after he was spotted speeding north on the Thruway, according to police.

He got off the Thruway and entered Route 17 with state police speeding after him, officials said. There, Altieri struck a state Department of Transportation pickup truck in a construction zone on Route 17 but continued as police tried to catch him.

Middletown police joined in the chase as a state police helicopter took to the skies to track Altieri.

He finally exited Route 17 past Middletown and went down local roads before stopping his car on Ridge Road in Mount Hope, a rural town in the western part of the county. When he got out of the car, officials said, troopers saw that Altieri had a gun in his hand.

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Troopers drew their .45 caliber sidearms and ordered Altieri to drop his gun. He ultimately complied and was arrested at the scene, police said.

A lawyer for Altieri could not be found Tuesday. A phone number listed at his Washington Avenue home in Pearl River was disconnected.

Altieri appeared Monday afternoon before Mount Hope Town Justice Joseph Hosking, who charged him with the felonies of second-degree criminal possession of a handgun and first-degree reckless endangerment. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of driving while ability impaired by drugs and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police did not say what drugs Altieri had allegedly used or was carrying.

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He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

He was ordered held at the Orange County Jail in Goshen in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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