Georgia fugitive arrested in New York state

A Monroe man wanted in Barrow County for armed robbery was arrested Wednesday in New York state after a chase that ended with two wrecked police cars, police said.

Raymond Smith, 30, was a passenger in a car stopped for speeding late Wednesday evening near Blooming Grove, about 60 miles north of New York City, authorities said.

New York State Police troopers talking to the driver outside the car said Smith slid into the driver’s seat and drove away, police said.

Troopers pursued Smith until he allegedly rammed a state police car, then backed the car he was driving into a second patrol car, authorities said.

When Smith was arrested, troopers learned that he had an outstanding warrant from Winder for armed robbery charges, police said.

Troopers also discovered he was wanted by the New York City Police Department on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

New York State Police charged Smith with criminal mischief, unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment, according to police information.

He is being held in the Orange County jail in New York without bond, police said.