Eagle Dunsmore of Elizabethtown, arrested in Plattsburgh for multiple charges stemming from a high speed chase.
PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City Police arrested a man May 16 after he allegedly hit speeds of 92 mph while driving on North Margaret Street and later rammed five vehicles, including a marked police vehicle, in an effort to escape police apprehension.
Eagle M. Dunsmore, 36, of Elizabethtown, was arrested on Wednesday night, May 16, and faces multiple charges stemming from the police chase.
Police received a call at 9:40 p.m. from a motorist who reported a possibly intoxicated driver in a blue Toyota Prius heading south on State Route 9 in the city of Plattsburgh.
Officers responded to the area and observed the vehicle traveling in excess of 92 miles per hour on North Margaret Street near Georgia Pacific, said Lieutenant Scott Beebie of the Plattsburgh City Police.
Dunsmore attempted to hide from officers by driving into the rear parking lot of an apartment building on 250 Margaret St. As officers pulled in behind the Dunsmore’s car, they observed him ramming parked cars in an attempt to clear an escape route, Beebie recounted, adding that when the cars couldn’t be pushed forward anymore, Dunsmore put his car in reverse and rammed into the police cruiser that blocked his exit.
The policeman said Dunsmore rammed a total of five vehicles, including the police cruiser.
Police said Dunsmore physically resisted arrest after officers pulled him from the vehicle.
He appeared to have sustained minor injuries during the incident and was taken to CVPH by officers.
At about 9:30 a.m., Dunsmore was released from the hospital and booked by officers. He was brought before Judge Mark Rodgers later that day.
He is suspected of operating his vehicle while intoxicated due to his erratic driving and disregard for personal property. Beebie said Dunsmore’s blood alcohol levels will not be known for a few weeks, since his blood was drawn at the hospital for evaluation.
Beebie said driving on any city street at speeds of 50 mph can be dangerous. Driving at speeds of more than 92 miles per hour could have ended with someone seriously injured or killed, he said.
“Yes there was minor property damage, but fortunately no one was hurt,” Beebie said. “This was a very dangerous situation that resulted with relatively minor injuries to the one individual who caused the accident.”
The area in which the incident took place is a heavily populated residential area located near a school.
Dunsmore has been charged with multiple crimes, including: driving while intoxicated, a class “E” felony; reckless endangerment in the second degree, a class “A” misdemeanor; reckless endangerment in the first degree, a class “D” felony; reckless driving, a class “A” misdemeanor; resisting arrest, a class “A” misdemeanor; criminal mischief in the third degree, a class “E” felony; and several traffic infractions.
Additional charges are pending.
Dunsmore will reappear in City Court before Judge Mark Rodgers on May 23.
He has been remanded to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
Police were involved in a separate vehicular chase on Monday, May 14. This one involved a 15-year-old girl.
Police signaled for the driver to pull over because she was driving without using headlights, Beebie said. The driver continued down Broad Street to Cornelia, ignoring the officer's efforts to her pull over. She eventually attempted to enter the Northway just past the Comfort Inn and Suites. The chase ended near the Clinton County Sheriff's office when the driver hit an embankment, the lieutenant recounted.