A drugged driver who jumped from a speeding Jeep in the City of Newburgh on Monday walked away with only some scrapes -- but he didn't walk very far as officers were there to arrest him on multiple charges, police said.
Casiem Hart, 22, of Poughkeepsie, was wanted on a parole violation when police spotted him driving through a red light Monday at Route 9W and Broadway, City of Newburgh Det. Lt. Dan Cameron said in a statement.
Field Training Officer Michael Pitt was training a recent police academy graduate, Officer Brian Southworth, about 2:45 a.m. when they saw Hart's 2005 Jeep Liberty run the light, police said. They gave pursuit and attempted to stop the Jeep, but it picked up speed and kept going, police said.
Backup city police cars joined the chase as the Jeep sped through several city streets, police said. The Jeep turned onto Broadway eastbound and was roaring down the road at 60 mph when Hart suddenly jumped from the vehicle near South Miller Street, police said.
The Jeep continued down Broadway unattended, striking a fire hydrant and a parking meter before crashing into the roll-down gates of the House of Refuge Church at 127 Broadway.
Hart got up, suffering only from some minor road scrapes, and tried to flee, but was caught by Pitt, Southworth and officers Robert Pedrick and Roman Scuadroni in the backyard at 26 S. Miller St., police said.
Hart was found to have half a gram of cocaine and was driving the Jeep while under the influence of drugs, police said. Investigators also found Hart was wanted by the state Parole Department for failing to meet with his parole officer since April, police said.
He served two years in Greene Correctional Facility on a conviction for second-degree attempted criminal weapons possession before being paroled in January 2012, according to a state database.
Hart was charged with parole absconding, unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, third-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree drug possession, resisting arrest and driving while ability impaired by drugs.
He was arraigned Monday before Newburgh City Court Judge Peter Kulkin and sent to Orange County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or bond. He is due to return to court Friday. No information on his attorney was immediately available Tuesday.