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Wrong-way Thruway driver leads police on 100 mph chase

NEW BALTIMORE – A Bronx man is in the Greene County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond following a high-speed chase on the Thruway.

State Police observed a northbound car driven by Julio Romano-Baez, 33, of the Bronx at about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday at 113 miles per hour with no headlights.

When troopers caught up with him at the Malden service area, he sped away exiting the service area going south in the northbound lanes.  Troopers drove south in the southbound lanes with lights and sirens warning oncoming traffic. After going about one mile in the wrong direction, Romano-Baez made a U-turn and continued north in the northbound lanes, gaining a lead on police.

During the incident, the car was observed driving off the road through a grassy area behind several businesses in what appeared to be an attempt to get off the Thruway without going through the tolls.  He was still driving without headlines, again going in the wrong direction, when he crashed into a guiderail just before a second trooper unit had taken up a stationary position.

Romero-Baez fled on foot into the brush with officers chasing him. A second car that was approaching spun out near the crash and told police he swerved to avoid hitting the suspect’s car. That driver sustained a minor injury to his hand and was treated and released at the scene.

A State Police K-9 unit was brought in, tracked him down and he was apprehended without further incident at about 4:15 a.m.

Romano-Baez was charged with felony reckless endangerment, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, as well as several vehicle and traffic law charges.

Romano-Baez is in the Green County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.