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Date of Incident: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time of Incident: 6:50 pm
Incident Location: Upper Broadway
Township: Fort Edward
1. Toby J. Mechanick Age: 18
Address: Howard Street Queensbury, NY
INCIDENT SUMMARY: According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on Thursday June 17, 2021 at about 6:50 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the Fort Edward Police Department with a report of a vehicle failing to comply on Upper Broadway in the Town of Fort Edward. The vehicle continued northbound on Upper Broadway and Deputies received information that there were female juveniles within the vehicle that were possibly in distress and were signaling for help. Information later came from one of the juvenile’s parents that there was possibly some type of kidnapping involved with the possibility that the vehicle was stolen.
The driver, later identified as Toby J. Mechanick , 18, of Queensbury, continued through the Townships of Fort Edward, Kingsbury and into Warren County as Deputies followed in an attempt to keep the suspect vehicle in sight. Additional agencies including the New York State Police and Warren County Sheriff’s Office assisted. Mechanick ultimately drove into a stone sign at the intersection of Luzerne Road and Burnt Hills Drive where he then fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.
A perimeter was set up and Mechanick was taken into custody a short time later by a Warren County Officer.
There were no injuries in the incident and the totality of circumstances is under investigation. Mechanick was charged by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree and unlawfully fleeing police and multiple vehicle and traffic charges.
He was arraigned in CAP Court and released.