By JESSICA COLLIER
TUPPER LAKE - In what started as a speeding stop, a Beekmantown man was chased for 20 minutes by state police before crashing his car into an apartment house owned by the local police chief.
While being chased by police down state Route 3, this blue Subaru car was driven off the road in Tupper Lake and crashed into this apartment house, owned by village police Chief Tom Fee. The part of the wall it hit has a bathroom on the other side, and someone was in the bathroom at the time, Fee said.
(Photo — Bill Cramer)
Marc Bonbrest, 24, of Beekmantown, was driving a 2011 four-door Subaru sedan east on state Route 3 through the town of Colton at an excessive speed, so a state trooper tried to pull him over, state police Lt. Kevin Boyea told the Enterprise this morning.
When Bonbrest didn't stop, the trooper chased him for about 20 minutes down Route 3, across the line between St. Lawrence and Franklin counties and into Tupper Lake, Boyea said. He said that when the trooper reached the village limit, he shut off his lights and sirens due to the volume of traffic.
When Bonbrest tried to negotiate a right turn about 2 miles into the village, near the Rite Aid pharmacy, he crashed into an apartment house at 68 Lake St., which is owned by village police Chief Tom Fee.
Then he fled on foot into the yard next door, where he encountered the owner of that home, Boyea said.
"When questioned by the homeowner, he more or less just stopped and waited for the trooper to arrive," Boyea said.
Bonbrest was charged with numerous vehicle and traffic charges as well as reckless endangerment in the first degree and criminal mischief in the second degree, both felonies, and unlawfully fleeing the police, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned Thursday night in Tupper Lake village court and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,500 bond. He got out on bail Friday and is scheduled to reappear in court Oct. 22.
Boyea didn't know exactly how fast Bonbrest was going, but he said it was excessive.
"It was certainly reckless, and we're very fortunate that nobody got hurt," Boyea said.
There are two apartments in the building that Bonbrest struck. Fee told the Enterprise this morning that he talked to one of the tenants, Claudine Dailey, who lives on the first floor with her family. She told him the crash got the attention of everyone who was home at the time. The car struck the house outside a bathroom, which someone was in at the time.
Fee said he checked out the house, and there doesn't seem to be too much damage.
"Nobody's hurt," Fee told the Enterprise Thursday. "That's all I care about."
Contact Jessica Collier at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org.