Man who led po­lice on chase pleads guilty

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­ di­aneat­free­man on Twit­ter

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.


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