Police chase that started in Massena and spanned multiple counties results in three arrests
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 1:06 pm

MASSENA — A police chase that began in Massena and spanned multiple counties led to the arrest of three New York City men, according to state police.

Troopers reportedly became involved in a vehicle pursuit with a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe after the vehicle’s driver, Nelson Reyes, fled a traffic stop with U.S. Border Patrol Agents near Massena.

Troopers from Troop B pursued the vehicle from Ellenburg to just south of Plattsburgh before terminating the chase, officers said.

During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck two uninvolved motor vehicles, injuring one person who was transported to Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The suspect vehicle was located by state police in Troop G as it travelled south on the Adirondack Northway in the area of exit 23, officers said.

The vehicle was pursued to exit 16 where it came to a stop on the off-ramp, officers said. The three occupants fled on foot but were taken into custody shortly after exiting the vehicle, troopers said.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed that Reyes was in possession of 50 pounds of marijuana, and Espinal was in possession of a quantity of oxycodone, police said.

Nelson Reyes, 39, New York, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, felony, resisting arrest and third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, troopers said.

Lewis Espinal, 31, Manhattan, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and a parole violation, police said.

Jerson Norberdo, 29, Bronx, was charged with resisting arrest, a parole violation and being a fugitive from justice out of Rhode Island, officers said.

Reyes was arraigned in Wilton Town Court and released on his own recognizance. Espinal and Norberdo were also arraigned in Wilton Town Court, and were remanded to Saratoga County Jail on parole violations.