Police: Armed Pearl River Man Led Cops on High-Speed Chase

50-year-old accused of weapons possession, drug possession, fleeing police, reckless driving and driving under the influence of drugs on the NYS Thruway.

A Pearl River man spotted driving more than 100 mph on the New York State Thruway led police on a high-speed chase in Orange County on Monday that ended when he got out of his car with a handgun and was confronted by state troopers, according to State Police.

Robert J. Altieri, 50, has been hit with charges including weapons possession, reckless driving, drug possession and driving while under the influence of drugs. He is being held in the Orange County Jail in Goshen on $150,000 bail.

Police said a state trooper spotted Altieri driving a 2010 Lexus at more than 100 mph on the Thruway. Police said Altieri led police on a chase onto Route 17, where Altieri struck a state Department of Transportation pick up truck in a construction zone.

The truck was unoccupied at the time.

Police said Altieri continued driving at a high rate of speed on Route 17 until he reached local roads in Orange County. Altieri was stopped by police on Ridge Road in the Town of Mount Hope.

When his car was stopped, police said Altieri got out of the Lexus carrying a handgun. Troopers ordered him to put the gun down, and he did. Troopers were assisted in the chase by the State Police Aviation Unit and Middletown Police.

Altieri was arrested and later arraigned by Mount Hope Judge Joseph Hosking. Altieri is charged with:

- Three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

- First-degree reckless endangerment.

- Third-degree unlawfully fleeing police.

- Seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

- Driving while ability impaired by drugs.

- And, numerous traffic violations.

Gregg November 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
He broke his reaching point during the storm. Now he will pay for it.
curious November 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM
i did the same thing when i heard there was no gas line in Cornwall, cut him some slack.
Robert Paulson November 06, 2012 at 06:12 PM
This guy lives his life a quarter mile at a time
amazing what a bad haircut can make you do!!!!!
as he was from pearl river..maybe he got confused by all those bars!!!!
Sick-n-Tired November 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
He was out trying to find an O&R truck.
TRUE FRIEND November 06, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Pearl river November 07, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Kinda sad
JR November 07, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Sometimes good people do bad things.... He is an iherantely good guy who obviously needs help that hopefully he will now be able to get... For all of the negative people I hope the storm didn't rip the glass roof off your house...
Chris November 07, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Clearly, this man has gotten on a wrong path, it could happen to anyone of us. Hopefully he will get the helping hand he needs and not harsh criticism. He is probably a family man and is very loved by many.
Steve Mona November 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Sad. Worked with Rob years ago, always a great guy with a big heart who always helped others. Those of you making jokes should be ashamed.
just sayin November 07, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Robert has an incredible heart! we ALL fall off our pathes at times,it doesnt make us horrible people, its just another challenge in life that will sometimes makes us EVEN BETTER! back off haters, dont act like your perfect. Obviously "bullying" doesnt stop in high school! sad that adults stick knives in people who are down, you make me sick!
Sick-n-Tired November 07, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Please spare me your wishy washy nonsense. When you lead the police on a chase in excess of 100 mph, armed with a firearm, high on whatever drug he was using he deserves a bit of criticism. Not only did he endanger the police during this chase put the lives of every person in a vehicle, home or walking down the street in danger. To top it off he's not only lucky not to be dead from an accident, he's lucky not to be lying in a morgue with multiple gunshot wounds after jumping out of his vehicle with a gun. This is probably the worst punishment he's going to get in this county judging by the plea bargins and convictions I've seen lately.
just sayin November 07, 2012 at 07:50 PM
well then perhaps consider that he has children, family members and friends that are reading this as well and maybe it has an impact on them.
Sick-n-Tired November 07, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Perhaps he should of considered that to begin with.
just sayin November 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
well being that you feel he didnt have enough common sense to do so then maybe you should!
Sick-n-Tired November 07, 2012 at 08:19 PM
It seems like I'm one of the few with enough common sense to say he's wrong. If it makes you sleep better at night to tell everybody he's just a troubled soul and all will be alright well then go for it. I'll sleep better now knowing he's off the road and on a little vacation for awhile.
Beverly Grace November 07, 2012 at 09:29 PM
It's my understanding that he's a former NYC Police Officer that was on duty during 9/11 and that he has emotional scars. It was his job to sift through the ashes looking for body parts and personal effects. It doesn't make what he did right but he is a troubled soul and perhaps he'll get some help.
Janet November 07, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I was on the road that day with that guy coming straight at me from behind at high speeds! I had to quickly move over to the shoulder and observed this man drive in the median against oncoming traffic. I don't know who this man is but I know that I'm a mom whose kids are expecting her home. Lots of people go through hard times and have seen horrible things but it does not excuse putting people's lives at risk . Thankfully no one died as a consequence of his reckless driving.
Robert Guttman November 07, 2012 at 11:43 PM
I'm sure this will enrage the NRA types, but I'll also sleep better knowing that this guy no longer has a loaded gun in his hand.
Jennifer and Joyce November 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Well we think Robert made a mistake, and that is something we all do in our lives. Make mistakes!!! He has been alot and maybe this happened for him to get help. Lets all put aside the criticism, and pray that Robert gets through this ordeal. If there is anyone out there without sin, then by all means throw the stone. Your in our prayers Robert!! Jennifer and Joyce
Trip December 15, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Those of you who think you know it all and say things you really don't know about . Don't let the dog bite you in the ass cause there is always to sides to every story he happens to be a great guy and has wonderful children and all the sarcastic critsizems you make hurt them more , he helped clean up at 911 and saw the worse anybody could ever see love you cuz hang in there
JS December 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I worked with Rob Altieri the last two years. Rob is one of the kindest, caring and most genuine people I've ever met, and he spent a lot more time in his life serving the people of NY than he did doing stuff like this. I know Robert is a father that loves his kids and a man with exceptional integrity and character. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. I'm happy that nobody (including Rob) was hurt and hopeful he gets some help. Hang in there, Robbie. You don't undo 50 years of doing a lot of right in one night doing a little bit of wrong, and I hope you get right again real soon. Good luck, Rob. -JS
Diane January 08, 2013 at 10:31 PM
A retired police officer who volunteered at 911 for several weeks. His health and personal life are suffering...and unfortunately he chose drugs to ease the pain. He is one of the sweetest people I know and was not in his right mind when this happened. We love you cuz...in my prayers.
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