Two residents arrested in New York | New
Two Rutland County residents were arrested last week in Washington County, New York, after a car chase with two county police, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
According to articles published in the Sun Community Times and WTEN in Albany, New York, Grover WA Pangburn, 46, of Rutland, and Ashley M. Short, 32, of Danby, were arrested and subpoenaed.
Police say the truck they were driving in Warren and Washington counties, both in New York City, was stolen.
Pangburn has been cited for third degree criminal possession of stolen property, four counts of reckless driving and several vehicle and traffic offenses.
Short was to be cited for third degree possession of stolen property, but an arrest warrant was issued for her after her probation officer filed a complaint that she had not met the probation officer regularly.
The Warren County Sheriff‘s Office said Short had been cited as a fugitive from justice.
The sheriff’s department statement said their office received several reports on Oct. 8, around 2:30 p.m., of a woman who was tripping and appeared to be impaired. Callers said she was in the outlet district in Queensbury, New York.
When officers arrived, they found a woman, later identified as Short, in a silver GMC Sierra pickup truck. Short reportedly told emergency responders she needed medical assistance, but as an ambulance arrived, a man, later identified as Pangburn, pulled the Sierra away from the area.
Police said the truck narrowly missed hitting a police car responding to the event.
Law enforcement officers pursued the Sierra on Interstate 87, but due to heavy traffic and public safety concerns, they ended the chase but continued to follow the truck from a distance.
As he watched the Sierra as he continued down the freeway, police learned he was allegedly stolen.
The chase resumed with police using emergency lights and sirens.
Police said the chase continued in Washington County where the truck struck another vehicle in Fort Edward.
According to the statement, Pangburn and Short then left the Sierra and attempted to flee on foot, but were apprehended by police.
No injuries were reported as a result of the chase or the accidents.
Pangburn was arraigned and taken to Warren County Correctional Center without bond pending further legal action, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, but the New York City online detainee locator said Thursday that Pangburn had been released.
In Rutland County, Pangburn has a number of criminal charges pending since the summer, most of which are retail theft offenses and some trespassing charges.
Short, who was arrested as Ashley M. Runnells in December 2015, was sentenced to six months of house arrest after confessing to robbing the Nichols General Store in Danby.
But according to court records, Short stopped meeting with his probation officer in February. A judge issued a warrant against Short and she was arrested in July and released under an order to immediately meet with the probation officer. The file showed that Short had not made it to the probation office and that the phone number and address she provided were not correct.
Runnells robbed Nichols with a knife. She asked a cashier for money and ran away with the money.
With the help of CCTV equipment in the store and a Vermont State Police K-9, Runnels was found and arrested shortly thereafter. Police said they quickly confessed to the theft.
Short spoke during his conviction in 2018.
âYour honor, I am not asking anyone to forgive me because what I did was wrong and unforgivable,â she said. âWhat I’m asking for is a chance to show everyone that I’m a good person and to right my wrongs. I’m not the monster I was in the Nichols store, âshe said.
patrick.mcardle @ rutlandherald.com