Police: Saratoga Springs man beat, choked, raped woman then led cops on 23-minute chase

Posted at: 08/11/2013 11:51 PM
Updated at: 08/12/2013 12:06 AM
By: Steve Flamisch

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A city man is accused of beating, choking, and raping his girlfriend then leading police on a car chase through four communities before crashing into the woods, police said.

Anthony C. Smith, 24, of Nelson Ave., was booked on 18 charges and violations including rape, choking, assault, unlawful imprisonment, driving while intoxicated, and fleeing the police.

"At 7:14 this morning, officers responded to the intersection of Nelson Ave. and Gridley St. for a female victim who was visibly distraught and appeared to have been assaulted," Saratoga Springs Police Lt. John Catone said in a press release. "They were informed by the victim that her alleged boyfriend had beaten and choked her in a house on Nelson Ave."

The victim was transported to Saratoga Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Catone said.

When officers went to Smith's house, he allegedly jumped into a gray 2012 Volkswagen Jetta and led them on a 23-minute chase from Saratoga Springs to Malta, Ballston Spa, Milton, and back into the city, Catone said. Speeds averaged 30 to 40 miles per hour, hitting 60 miles per hour on Rowland St. in Milton, he said.

The chase ended when the car piled into the woods at the corner of Pine Rd. and Grand Ave., Catone said. Smith was not injured. The car he was driving was the only vehicle damaged during the chase.

Karen Kelleher, who lives near the site of the crash, said she was watching television when she heard police cars go speeding past her house. She stepped outside to see the car had crashed into the woods.

"There were six troopers, four local police, a couple of sheriff's cars," Kelleher told NewsChannel 13. "I saw them cuffing a guy and I smelled the burned rubber."

Smith was sent to the Saratoga County jail in lieu of bail. He was due back in court on Thursday.

Catone declined to comment on why Smith is accused of attacking his girlfriend, citing department policy that prohibits officers from discussing cases involving allegations of rape.