By JAIME STUDD
Recorder News Staff
FONDA -- A 22-year-old Little Falls man led state and local authorities on a high speed chase through multiple jurisdictions late Sunday night.
According to a Montgomery County Sheriff's Office news release and Montgomery County Undersheriff Jeff Smith, the pursuit began when state troopers attempted to stop a white Volkswagen Jetta driven by Kyle J. Edick, of 20 Ford Lane, Little Falls, for speeding in Johnstown.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office was notified at approximately 11:15 p.m., when they received a radio transmission from Fulton County that New York State Police and Johnstown Police were pursuing Edick's vehicle southbound on Route 30A.
A Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy had parked his vehicle in the northbound lane of Route 30A in the area of the village of Fonda and town of Mohawk line in anticipation of the approaching pursuit, Smith said.
"He (the deputy) had heard that he was coming and he parked his car just to observe because the state police were still in pursuit," said Smith. "That's when he headed toward the deputy's car."
Smith said Edick veered his vehicle into the northbound lane as he approached the marked Sheriff's Patrol car and "headed right toward the deputy" before veering again onto the shoulder of the road and passing the deputy on the passenger side of the car.
"He changed lanes and was heading toward the deputy head on and then he took the evasive action to miss the deputy, thank goodness," said Smith. "At that point, we weren't involved in the pursuit at all."
Edick had been traveling at 80 mph when he passed the deputy's car, but, according to Smith, at other points during the pursuit his speed is estimated to have reach approximately 100 mph.
The chase continued through the village of Fonda, turning westbound on Route 5.
"When he left Fonda, we were not involved in he pursuit. We backed off," Smith said.
New York State Police continued to chase Edick, allegedly through multiple red lights, through Montgomery County, aided at various points by units from the Canajoharie, Fort Plain and St. Johnsville police departments.
The chase continued into Herkimer County, where state police troopers were joined in the pursuit by members of the Little Falls Police Department in multiple attempts to stop Edick's vehicle.
The pursuit was eventually called off when police were able to ascertain Edick's identity and speak to him on the phone.
Edick ultimately turned himself in to Little Falls police, at which point he was turned over to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for arrest.
Edick has been charged with first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony, third degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, a class A misdemeanor, reckless operation, an unclassified misdemeanor and numerous traffic tickets.
He was processed and held for arraignment before Judge Kathleen Buck in Mohawk Town Court.
Edick was then remanded to Montgomery Count Jail for lack of bail, which had been set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
Though the pursuit began with the state police in Fulton County, Smith said Edick was turned over to Montgomery County officials because the most serious of his charges, the first degree reckless endangerment, was the result of his having allegedly driven recklessly toward the Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy within that agency's jurisdiction.
"I believe all the state police had in Fulton County was vehicle and traffic charges and the other charges stemmed in our county," Smith said. "The state police may be issuing traffic tickets relating to the Fulton County stuff."
Smith said Edick indicated that he had initially fled state police because he had been released from prison as recently as Feb. 22, and was on parole.
"He didn't want to go back and then he got thinking about it after the fact and that's why he turned himself in," Smith said.