High speed chase leads to DWI arrest

GREENPORT–A Greenport man faces a long list of charges after leading deputies on a high-speed chase that ended near the Hudson River on Valentines Day.

While Deputies Brendan Filli and Louis Bray were on patrol they heard gun shots near Joe’s Bar on Fairview Avenue, February 14. They then saw a vehicle drive away from the scene at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle with their emergency lights and sirens on, but the driver kept going.

Deputies Ian Boehme and Vernon Doyle and Sheriff’s Office Sergeant William Zincio also joined the chase.

The vehicle continued to flee from deputies as they headed south towards Hudson.

At some point the operator got out of the vehicle and Deputies Bray and Filli caught him after a short foot chase in the area of Front and State streets. Hudson Police assisted at the scene, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr.

The driver, Billy Ray Robinson, 32, of Greenport was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, two counts of speeding, failure to comply with a police officer, four counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to keep right, two counts of failure to signal and moving from lane unsafely.

Mr. Robinson, who is currently on parole, was arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Robert Brenzel. Mr. Robinson was sent to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or bond and ordered to return to court at a later date. Investigator Pat Logue and deputies continue to investigate the incident.

Sheriff Harrison asks anyone with information about the case to call his office at (518) 828-3344.

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