BELMONT — An Alfred Station man pleaded guilty to a felony in Allegany County Court in connection to a vehicle chase on July 6.
Christopher Foster, 45, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony, to satisfy a pending indictment, the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office reported Thursday.
Prosecutors said the indictment stems from an incident on July 6 in the village of Alfred after he drove his Honda SUV at a woman, narrowly missing her and causing his car to go over a curb and hit a tree on the Alfred University campus. Police heard the accident and responded, but Foster attempted to flee by leaving the Ford Street parking lot and driving at least 55 mph in the 30 mph zone, failing to stop at four different stop signs and attempting to run officers off the road by jerking his car toward their vehicle. After apprehension, it was determined that Foster was impaired by alcohol.
He was originally charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, trespassing, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, speeding, four counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving and driving while ability impaired by alcohol.
First-degree reckless endangerment is punishable by up to 2 and 1/3 and 7 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 19.
IN OTHER COURT BUSINESS, prosecutors reported that Wesley Histed, 39, currently incarcerated in the Allegany County Jail, was sentenced by Judge Thomas Brown to three years in state prison, two years post-release supervision, a $325 surcharge and $50 DNA fee on Wednesday following a conviction for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony.
The charge stems from an incident on Aug. 31 along County Route 16 in the town of Granger, when Histed was accused of possessing heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell it.
Histed was originally charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.