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Sheriff: Truck driver who led police on chase intent on 'carnage'

Sheriff: Truck driver who led police on chase intent on 'carnage' Photo: News10NBC.

Berkeley Brean
Updated: May 28, 2020 09:03 PM
Created: May 28, 2020 05:36 PM

GENESEO, N.Y. (WHEC) — The truck driver who led police on a 90-minute, multi-county chase was a 58-year-old man from Virginia and police say his social media accounts are full of anti-police posts. 

His name was Joshua Blessed. 

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But Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty says his original name was Sergeia Jourev. 

Sheriff Thomas Dougherty: “You have a heavy vehicle with a man who wants to do carnage. He is actively trying to kill our deputies and he’s got a big vehicle to move around. That is nearly impossible to stop aside from having a tank.”

The chase ended on Route 20A in Geneseo after the second of two shootouts between Blessed and Sheriff’s Deputies. 

A woman heading home from getting groceries captured the shootout on her phone.

Erika O’Brien just left Wegmans but pulled into the Applebee’s parking lot when she saw the truck and police coming down the road.

Erika O’Brien: “Then I got out and just hid around my vehicle on the side and thought well I might as well video this.”

What she recorded next was a hail of gunfire and the tractor-trailer of Joshua Blessed veering into a ditch and coming to a stop. 

Brean: “When you heard those gunshots what did you think?

Erika O’Brien: “The first thing that came to my mind was OK, what is my exit strategy here? What is going on? I ducked down even more. I was just scared.”

Cell phone video captured earlier parts of the chase.

For a minute by minute description of the chase, click here.

Sheriff Dougherty says the driver shot at police cars at least seven different times including an unmarked sheriff’s car blocking traffic at the ramp to 390 at Geneseo. 

Sheriff Thomas Dougherty: “That vehicle took 10 hits to it.”

Sheriff’s Dougherty showed us the police cars that were shot. There were four in total, including the unmarked investigator’s car. The passenger’s side was lined with bullet holes. 

Another bullet went through the windshield of a Genesee County Sheriff’s SUV with the deputy and a Le Roy police officer inside. 

Watch the video below for more information about Blessed.


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