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Locals react to high-speed chase through Schroon, North Hudson

Richard J. "Joey" Aubin led police on a high-speed chase through downtown Schroon Lake March 5, traveling northbound on State Route 9.

Richard J. "Joey" Aubin led police on a high-speed chase through downtown Schroon Lake March 5, traveling northbound on State Route 9. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Tom Tyler was watching an episode of “Cops” in his home along State Route 9 in the town of North Hudson around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

Tyler said that the area of road he lives next to is “probably the only good passing stretch along this route for miles,” so it does not surprise him when cars go zooming by his house.

However, this night the car going by his house was going really fast and being followed by a number of police cars.

“You could hear the sirens coming down the hill toward the house,” Tyler said. “They had to be going at least 80 (mph). It may have been more. All I know is that it was well above the speed limit.”

At the front of the pursuit was Richard J. “Joey” Aubin, 28, who was trying to elude police. Minutes later, he would be dead, shot by New York State Trooper Leston W. Sheeley as he tried to take possession of the firearm of fellow Trooper Marcia L. Pooler after abandoning his car and fleeing into the woods.

As the cars passed by his house, there was a bystander vehicle thatwas forced to the side of the road.

“I came out, and the person had just got out of the car,” Tyler said. “I asked if they were OK, and they said that they were.”

As Tyler came out of the house, he heard a loud bang, which he believes now was Aubin’s vehicle hitting the spike strip that was deployed by Troopers. A few minutes later, Tyler heard two more loud bangs, which he said sounded like gunshots.

“We had the scanner on at the time and heard that the suspect was down,” Tyler said.

Witnesses to chase

While the chase ended in North Hudson, it started southbound on Interstate 87, as officers clocked Aubin going 95 mph and attempted to pull him over. Instead, Aubin increased speed and led troopers on a high-speed chase along the Northway until exiting near Pottersville. The chase then continued northbound on State Route 9, going through Pottersville and Schroon Lake.

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