Man arrested after allegedly speeding, driving wrong way on Thruway

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Updated: 1/26 3:03 pm

NEW BALTIMORE, N.Y. – A Bronx man is accused of speeding without headlights on the NYS Thruway, traveling in the wrong direction, and fleeing from police, according to New York State Police. 

State Police say on Sunday around 3:30 a.m., Troopers witnesses a black BMW traveling north on the Thruway at 113 miles per hour without headlights.

Troopers were able to catch up to the vehicle at the Malden Service Area. Police say the driver sped away and began to travel south in the northbound lanes.

According to authorities, say they drove south in the southbound lanes with lights and sirens in order to warn on-coming traffic. They say the driver traveled about one mile in the wrong direction before making a U-turn and continuing north in the northbound lanes.

According to NYS Police, the BMW was seen driving off the road through a grassy area, in what may have been an attempt to exit the Thruway without using the tolls.

Troopers say the driver began to travel in the wrong direction again before crashing into a guiderail.

Police say the driver, identified as Julio Romano-Baez, 33, fled the scene, which began a foot chase.

A State Police K-9 Unit began to track Romano-Baez, who was located around 4:15 a.m. He was then taken into custody without further incident.

The Bronx man has been charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st, Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd, and Criminal Mischief 4th along with Various Vehicle and Traffic Law Charges. He was arraigned in the Town of New Baltimore Court and remanded to the Green County Jail on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. 

Troopers say another driver, not connected to the incident, spun out in the lanes just near the scene of the crash. The driver told police he swerved to avoid the BMW and crashed into a guiderail. He sustained a minor injury and was treated and released.

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