Driver Jumps From Moving Vehicle During Car Chase in City of NewburghFeb 25th, 2013 | By Jay Long | Category: Lead Article
During the early morning hours of Monday February 25, 2013 at approximately 2:45 AM Field Training Officer Michael Pitt was training recent police academy graduate Officer Brian Southworth when they observed a 2005 Jeep Liberty fail to stop at a red light at the intersection of 9W and Broadway. As Officers Pitt and Southworth attempted to stop the Jeep, it fled at a high rate of speed refusing to pull over.
The Jeep navigated through several City streets refusing to stop for police. The driver then proceeded eastbound on Broadway when the driver jumped from the moving vehicle in the area of Broadway and South Miller Street at an estimated speed of 60 mph.
Once the driver jumped from the vehicle he fled on foot before being captured in the rear yard of 26 South Miller Street.
The Jeep continued east on Broadway with no occupants. It collided with a fire hydrant and a parking meter before striking the roll down gates of the House of Refuge Church located at 127 Broadway.
The driver was identified as 22 year old Casiem Hart who listed his address as Poughkeepsie. It was discovered that he was wanted by New York State Parole for absconding since April 2012. Hart was in possession of cocaine and was operating the vehicle impaired by drugs. He suffered minor road abrasions that occurred during his jump from the vehicle.
Hart was charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors including; parole absconding, unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, criminal mischief 3rd, criminal possession of a controlled substance 5th, resisting arrest and driving while ability impaired by drugs. He was held pending arraignment in City of Newburgh Court.