Police: Suspect in fatal hit-and-run was drunk; driver arrested after chase in Orange County


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MIDDLETOWN, New York — Authorities say a 24-year-old man was drunk when he fatally struck a pedestrian on an upstate New York street and led police on a chase.

Police in Middletown tell the Times Herald-Record (http://bit.ly/1voMQc7 ) that 32-year-old Cartolino Ramirez of the town of Wallkill was hit near an intersection early Sunday morning by a van driven by Fredy Quizhpe of Middletown.

Police spotted the van but Quizhpe refused to stop and led officers on a chase along Route 211 into the town of Montgomery. Officials say he hit several police vehicles during the chase, which ended when officers deployed a spike strip that punctured the van's tires.

Quizhpe was charged with vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He's being held in the Orange County Jail on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty.

Information from: The Times Herald-Record, http://www.th-record.com

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