Chase ends with crash in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN – A high-speed police chase that began Wednesday in the city of Amsterdam ended with the suspect’s car crashing into a ditch off East Fulton Street and police arresting him on a parole violation, authorities said.

Various police agencies responded to the scene of the crash just after 1 p.m. A black Honda CRZ driven by Joshua Mendez of Amsterdam was wedged in a ditch off East Fulton Street, between Myrtel Avenue and the new CVS store in the town of Johnstown.

Montgomery County Undersheriff Peter Vroman said today Mendez is in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, where he is being held on a parole warrant issued in February for absconding from a criminal situation downstate. He declined to provide details.

Vroman said the high-speed chase started in the Guy Park Avenue area of Amsterdam when one of his deputies noticed Mendez’s car committing several violations, and tried to stop the car.

“They observed some serious vehicle violations,” the undersheriff said.

Vroman said Mendez’s car hit another vehicle and then Mendez put his car in reverse and struck the Sheriff’s Department patrol car. The deputy was unhurt, he said.

Vroman said the driver and his male passenger, who was not charged, then fled the scene west and north toward Fulton County, ending in the town of Johnstown.

He said Mendez first went west on Route 5, then in a northwestern direction up Stoner Trail Road, eventually ending in the Gloversville area. Vroman said Mendez will face several charges, including reckless endangerment from his department, as well as other charges across various jurisdictions.

Vroman said Mendez and his passenger had various injuries, but only the driver was sent to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville for treatment.

“I saw it speeding by my house,” Chris Rando of North Hollywood Avenue in Gloversville said of the end of the chase. “They were moving. All I could smell was the brakes.”

In addition to Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies, other law enforcement at the scene included Amsterdam police, state police, Gloversville police, Johnstown police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

Police blocked off several streets in that area.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.