Man Accused Of Stealing Car, Driving While High

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Police said the man told them he thought the pot he had smoked was laced with something.


Police said an upstate man stole a car and said the pot he smoked was laced with something.
Police said an upstate man stole a car and said the pot he smoked was laced with something. (Shutterstock)

GREENVILLE, NY — An upstate man was accused of stealing a car and having pot. State police said troopers were sent to a car crash at South Plank Road and County Route 22 in the town of Wawayanda.

They were told that there was a person outside of the car who seemed to be hysterical.

While the troopers were on their way to the crash, they got another call about a stolen vehicle on Indigot Drive, which is near the site of the crash.

Troopers saw an unoccupied 2017 Volkswagen GTI at the intersection of Indigot Drive and Route 22. The owner of the car came out of his home and told the troopers that a man came onto his property, got into his car and drove it to the intersection where it stalled on him.

He said the man got out of the vehicle and ran toward Millsburg Road.

At that time, troopers got another call that a man matching the description of the one at the initial crash and the stolen car were on Millsburg Road. The man seemed disoriented, police said.Subscribe

He was found, police said, and identified as Shane Cherry, 30, of Clayton, Jefferson County.

Cherry became defensive when the troopers approached him and said that he thought someone was chasing him.

Police said he resisted and refused to follow commands while being taken into custody.

Other troopers responded to the site of the original crash and found a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, of which Cherry was the driver, police said.

About 11.5 grams of marijuana was found in the Chevrolet, police said, and Cherry was determined to be impaired by drugs. He said he thought the marijuana he had been smoking was laced with something, police said.

Cherry was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center for an evaluation. He was not injured during the struggle with the troopers.

Cherry was charged with third-degree grand larceny and driving while ability impaired-drugs, felonies; obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest, misdemeanors, and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

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