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Driver charged after Bank Crash

Driver charged after Bank Crash

Natasha PopolizioMargariata E. LopezA Schenectady woman is in trouble with the law – by using her car – again.

Police say they chased an SUV Thursday evening from Schenectady into Rotterdam for about 20 minutes. The SUV hopped the curb around 7:00 p.m. and wound up inside the Trustco Bank branch on Altamont Avenue. Authorities pulled out the driver, Natasha Popolizio, 25, along with passenger , 22, and a 15-year old boy. All three were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Popolizio is charged by Schenectady Police with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Narcotic, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer, Criminal Possession of Marijuana, Unlicensed Operation, Reckless Driving, plus three counts of Reckless Endangerment and 41 vehicle and traffic violations.

Lopez of Schenectady has been charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Narcotic.

Natasha Popolizio 2008Popolizio is currently being treated at Albany Med and will be arraigned later today, police said. Lopez is currently being held in the lock-up and will be arraigned later today, police said.

Schenectady and State Police say that Popolizio was arrested back in February of 2008 for attempting to run over a cop in Johnstown. That came after another car chase. She later pled guilty to reckless endangerment.


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