MALONE –– The driver of a vehicle who led state police on a high-speed chase that led to two troopers firing their weapons at the vehicle involved was released on his own recognizance after being arraigned on two charges.
Ian M. LaRock, 21, of Malone, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony; and third-degree unlawfully fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor after he allegedly fled from troopers trying to make a traffic stop, then drove at troopers, prompting them to fire their weapons.
The incident began early Monday morning when troopers saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. Route 11 in the town of Malone. Troopers said they tried to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to putt over and a chase began.
The vehicle eventually pulled onto Trudell Road, a dead-end road that forced both the fleeing vehicle and troopers to stop. When the troopers got out of their vehicle, “the suspect accelerated and drove at the troopers,” according to a state police new release. Both troopers fired their weapons at the vehicle, but the driver got past the troopers and fled onto County Route 24.
The vehicle was ultimately stopped in the town of Bellmont and both the driver, LaRock, and his passenger, 39-year-old Gina M. LaRock of Malone, were taken into custody. Gina LaRock, who is Ian LaRock’s mother, was later released without charges.
The state police Professional Standards Bureau is reviewing the case.