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Poughkeepsie Man Facing Charges After Police Chase

Daniel Barker of Poughkeepsie was arrested after fleeing from state police while driving a motorcycle on a rail trail in the Town of LaGrange.
Daniel Barker of Poughkeepsie was arrested after fleeing from state police while driving a motorcycle on a rail trail in the Town of LaGrange. Photo Credit: New York State Police

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A Poughkeepsie man who was driving his motorcycle on a rail trail in the Town of LaGrange, is facing charges after leading New York State Police on a chase when he refused to stop, police said.

A trooper saw Daniel V. Barker, 26, driving a motorcycle traveling south on the Dutchess County Rail Trail around 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, according to state police.

Knowing that the rail trail is for pedestrian or bicycle traffic only, the trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of Titusville Road. Barker refused to stop and exited the rail trail and traveled several miles before finally stopping in the area of Lauer Road where he was placed in custody, state police said.

He was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving. Troopers also found that Barker was operating the unregistered motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license and was in possession of the controlled substance Lisdexamfetamine, without a valid prescription.

Barker was issued appearance tickets directing him to appear in the Town of LaGrange Justice Court.

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