NY troopers make arrests after wrong-way driver chase

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State police have captured a woman suspected of fleeing a traffic stop near Albany and driving the wrong way on a highway while eluding troopers.

Police say troopers stopped a vehicle near Thruway Exit 23 around 4:45 a.m. Friday. As troopers arrested a 34-year-old Proctor, Vermont man on drug charges, a woman jumped behind the wheel and sped off.

The vehicle was later spotted near the Adirondack Northway's Exit 18 at Glens Falls. Troopers say Ericka Handy, 27, of Proctor, Vermont, drove the car north in the southbound lanes with police in pursuit before abandoning the vehicle behind a business. As troopers searched for her, they found her in another vehicle driven by Nicole Lafrance, 32, also from Proctor.

Both are in the Warren County Jail.

Police say a trooper vehicle was damaged in the pursuit.

This story has been corrected to show the name of the highway where suspect drove wrong way is Adirondack Northway instead of Thruway and corrects location of Exit 18 to Glens Falls instead of New Paltz.

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