A man remains in the hospital after he was injured during a police chase in Saratoga Springs over the weekend. Now, police are offering more information about what happened that night and addressing speculation that police may have played a role in Daryl Mount Jr.'s injuries. Maria Valvanis has more.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- "I want to ensure the community. I certainly will not tolerate any misuse by officers," said Saratoga Springs Police Chief Gregory Veitch.
And Vietch doesn't believe any of his officers did anything wrong early Saturday morning when a police chase ended with Darryl Mount Jr., 21, of Malta, in the hospital with life threatening injuries.
Vietch said, "No witnesses have come forward at this point, but if there is someone out there, I certainly will take their statement and investigate claims."
Police say it all started on the corner of Broadway and Caroline when officers saw Mount shove a woman's face into this brick building.
"We have a mandatory arrest policy when it comes to domestic violence," Vietch said.
But when officers approached Mount to arrest him, police say he ran up Broadway and ducked down an alley. Police attempted to tase mount twice, unsuccessfully, as he climbed onto this scaffolding, moving out of police sight. Minutes later, police found Mount unconscious in the middle of the sidewalk on the opposite side of the scaffolding.
"We have no witnesses or video that shows anything that happened from that point and the very short amount of time that he was found on the sidewalk next to Gaffney's," Vietch said.
What police did catch on city surveillance cameras is Mount shoving the female's head into the wall and police taking off on foot after him. A witness at the scene also claimed hearing a loud thud, leaving police to believe Mount fell nearly 20 feet from the scaffolding to the ground below him, causing his injuries.
Vietch said, "At this time, we aren't going to release videos because of pending video case and any action of grand jury."
Chief Vietch says he also won't be releasing the video in order to protect the identity of the woman that was assaulted, who Vietch says is being uncooperative with the investigation.
Mount could face assault and resisting arrest charges when his condition improves. His family declined to comment on the matter as the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Saratoga Springs Police at (518) 584-1800, anonymously at (518) 584-TIPS or online at saratogapolice.org.