A 24-year-old wanted wanted on multiple warrants led Utica Police on a high speed chase through the city in a stolen Maserati Sunday evening, according to law enforcement official.
Police said the pursuit began when an officer in Oneida Square asked two vehicles to move out of a no parking zone at about 6 p.m. Police said a black Maserati struck the other vehicle while they were moving, so the officer asked both drivers to get out and provide their information to write up an accident report.
Police said the driver of the Maserati — 24-year-old Alexander Walker, of Utica — instead hit the gas and took off at a high rate of speed. Police gave chase through several streets until Cottage Place, where they said Walker lost control of the sports car and spun a full 180-degrees.
Believing the chase was over, police said the pursuing officers got out of their vehicles to approach the car, only for Walker to again hit the gas and speed towards them. Police said the Maserati crashed into the front passenger side of one of the squad cars before taking off.
Police said they called off the pursuit on Lincoln Avenue when it was determined that Walker was speeding at more than 100 mph.
The chase was back on a few moments later when police said several nearby residents called 9-1-1 to report that Walker had offered them money to hide him from police. Officers responded and found Walker hiding in a nearby back yard, with the Maserati parked nearby.
A search on the vehicle uncovered that it had been reported stolen from Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, north of New York City.
Walker is charged with one count each of third-degree fleeing a police officer, obstructing governmental administration, reckless driving and more than 40 vehicle and traffic violations, authorities stated. He is scheduled to appear in City Court.
Police noted that Walker also has several open warrants from multiple jurisdictions.