71-year-old leads police on 34-mile chase

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NEWBURGH -

An Ulster County woman is behind bars after state police say the 71-year-old led them on a New Year's Eve chase.

Police in Ulster County first attempted to pull over Laura Duffy around 8:30 p.m. Monday in Woodstock. The woman from Willow, New York, allegedly did not stop.    

Officers then put out an alert for her 2017 black Hyundai Accent. About an hour later, police spotted Duffy on the New York State Thruway in Newburgh, but officials say she refused to pull over again.

Instead, police say the 71-year-old led them on a 34-mile chase down I-87 at excessive speed. It all came to a screeching halt in the town of Ramapo.

New York State Police used a spike strip, flattening two of Duffy's tires.

Officials say Duffy continued into the Ramapo Service Center, slamming into two police cars before re-entering the Thruway.

Her car finally broke down shortly after at the Exit 15A acceleration ramp, where Duffy was then arrested.

Three troopers had to be taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Duffy was unharmed and was sent to the Rockland County Jail on $25,000 bail.

She faces a slew of charges, including assault, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

Police say two of the three officers injured in the pursuit remain out on sick leave.

 

 

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