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Cops: Utica man caught after high-speed chase had child, heroin in his car

A Utica man was taken into custody after police found a toddler and heroin in a car he allegedly drove during a high-speed chase spanning the city and suburbs.
Utica (WSYR-TV) – A Utica man was taken into custody after police found a toddler and heroin in a car he allegedly drove during a high-speed chase spanning the city and suburbs.

According to Utica Police, they spotted a vehicle running a red light in the city and tried to pull the driver over.

They say the driver sped off with police in pursuit. Utica Police stopped chasing him because of the driver’s alleged recklessness and high rate of speed.

They say police in New York Mills spotted the suspect later and pursued him back into the city, where Utica Police again tried to pull him over.

Police once again stopped chasing him, but found the car abandoned in a lot at York and Maple streets.

Police say they found the child and glassine envelopes containing heroin in the car.

They found Robert Cooper inside a house nearby and arrested the 30-year-old man on a number of charges including:

  • Fleeing a police officer-misdemeanor
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance-misdemeanor
  • Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle-misdemeanor
  • 2 counts of reckless driving-misdemeanor
  • Reckless endangerment 2nd-misdemeanor
  • Endangering the welfare of a child-misdemeanor
  • 20 traffic violations

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