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Driver dies after leading police on chase that started at Saratoga National Historical Park

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One person dead after leading police on chase that started at Saratoga National Historical Park

Law enforcement inspects wreckage of a vehicle that led police on a chase from the Saratoga Battlefield in Stillwater to Malta.

MALTA — One person is dead after leading police on a chase that began at the Saratoga National Historical Park and ended in Malta after crashing into a guardrail.

The incident began at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday when the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office became aware of a suspicious vehicle complaint being handled by U.S. park rangers at the battlefield in the town of Stillwater.

Police said a 2008 Toyota Tundra struck barriers at the park entrance and fled from U.S. park rangers. The vehicle continued north on state Route 32, after which the rangers lost sight of it.

The Stillwater Police Department located the vehicle traveling north on Route 4. The vehicle’s driver continued to flee from police and proceeded south throughout the village of Stillwater before reaching the city of Mechanicville, where it passed through and continued west on state Route 67, according to police.

The vehicle continued to Route 9, where it turned south and struck signs in the roundabout at Route 9 and Route 67. It then went south on Route 9, when it crossed over to the northbound lane and struck a guardrail on the east side of the roadway near Goldfoot Road in the town of Malta and came to a stop.

Robert A. Sanders


The driver was found dead inside the truck. Police have identified him as Robert A. Sanders, 48, of Lakewood, New Jersey.

Police are asking the public to contact the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office at 518-885-6761 if they have encountered Sanders recently.

The truck also had a large brown toolbox inside the vehicle, according to police.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the U.S. park rangers, New York State Police, the Stillwater Police Department and the New York Attorney General’s Office.

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