Man who led police on chase pleads guilty
A Kingston man pleaded guilty Friday in Ulster County Court in connection with a 2016 arrest that followed a highspeed pursuit, a car crash and a foot chase.
Recardo M. Langston, 31, pleaded guilty before Judge Donald A. Williams to felony possession of a controlled substance, according to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.
Immediately after the June 2 incident, Langston was charged with the felonies of criminal possession of a controlled substance (two counts), assault, reckless endangerment and tampering with physical evidence; the misdemeanors of criminal mischief (three counts), reckless driving, resisting arrest and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle; as well as numerous traffic infractions.
After the arrest, police said Langston had been in possession of 4 ounces of cocaine.
Authorities said the incident began when an investigator with the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT), having received information that Langston might be transporting narcotics in Kingston, saw the suspect fail to stop at a stop sign. The investigator tried to pull Langston over on the Boulevard (state Route 32) in Kingston, but the suspect sped off and led police on a high-speed chase through the city, at times topping 70 mph, according to authorities.
Authorities said that while trying to turn onto Abeel Street after going the wrong way on a one-way street, Langston lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a building, injuring one person and damaging private property.
A police vehicle was damaged when it hit Langston’s car after Langston stopped abruptly, URGENT said at the time.
Langston finally was taken into custody after a foot chase that included the use of a police dog. The dog was injured in the chase and later was retired from service.
Langston suffered injuries caused by the dog, and an URGENT officer suffered knee and shoulder injuries during the crash and foot chase, police have said.
Langston is to be sentenced March 10.
Langston is no stranger to area police. On April 20, 2016, he and two other men were arrested by the Kingston Police Department after an investigation into an alleged gang assault at a bar on lower Broadway in Kingston. And on Oct. 13, 2016, he was one of 46 people arrested and indicted in a crackdown on Hudson Valley drug trafficking.