UPDATE: Auburn man charged with assault, reckless endangerment after hitting pedestrians, vehicles on Thruway

New York State Police provided an update on the wrong-way crash in Monroe County on Friday saying that a 37-year-old Auburn man was facing felony charges.

Emmett Ellis, 37, of Auburn was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree reckless endangerment, and one count of third-degree assault.

Police say Ellis was arraigned in Henrietta Town Court and remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

The investigation remains open, police said.





Wrong-way driver on Thruway intentionally hit vehicles, pedestrian before being taken into custody

New York State Police say they are investigating a wrong-way driver on the Thruway, as well as an assault and report of shots fired.

It all started around 8:21 p.m. when Troop T received a complaint of a wrong-way driver traveling westbound on I-90 in the eastbound lanes near milemarker 366.

A trooper was dispatched and observed the vehicle in the area of milemarker 367 still heading westbound in the eastbound lanes. A short time later there was a call for an accident involving the suspects vehicle.

There were also multiple reports of the suspect intentionally attempting to hit other vehicles. The responding trooper, now eastbound observed the suspect’s vehicle pull into the Scottsville Service Area.




That’s when troopers say the suspect intentionally struck a pedestrian in the rest area and was approaching the trooper. That trooper then fired his weapon at the vehicle.

The vehicle fled the rest area and re-entered I-90 eastbound. The trooper rendered medical aid to the injured pedestrian.

Approximately 20 minutes after the incident began dispatch reported an unoccupied vehicle stopped near milemarker 363.

State Police members located the vehicle unoccupied and subsequently observed the suspect next to a nearby business. The suspect was taken into custody by State Police, with the assistance from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was not struck by gunfire, according to police, and was not injured. The investigation remains active.


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