State Police: Wrong-way driver intentionally hits pedestrian, crashes into vehicle on I-90

Updated: November 30, 2020 11:19 AM
Created: November 28, 2020 07:22 AM

SCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York State Police are trying to figure out what led to a wild scene on the Thruway Friday night. 

State Police received a call around 8:20 p.m. for the report of a vehicle going the wrong way on I-90 north of Scottsville. A trooper responded and saw the vehicle still heading westbound in the eastbound lanes. 

While heading to the scene, police say a call came in for a crash involving the suspect vehicle and multiple reports of the driver intentionally trying to hit other cars. The responding trooper saw the suspect pull into the Scottsville Service Area.

Police say the driver, Emmett Ellis, 37, from Auburn, intentionally struck a pedestrian in the rest area and was approaching the trooper. The trooper then fired at the vehicle. Ellis fled the rest area and re-entered I-90 eastbound. 

The trooper then quickly rendered aid to the injured pedestrian.

Around 8:40 p.m., troopers located the vehicle near West Henrietta Road and found Ellis next to a nearby business. 

News10NBC spoke to a witness, who wished not to be identified, he told us Ellis swerved into him, and barely missed hitting other people because they were able to dodge him.

"Many, many people got past him as he kept going 30 to 40 mph," the witness said. "He got over in the lane, and he didn't seem to be on a suicide mission like I'm just going to plow into this truck and end it all."

Ellis was arrested and charged with two counts of assault in the second degree, one count of reckless endangerment in the second degree, and one count of assault in the third degree. He was arraigned at Henrietta Town Court and remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash/$40,000 bond. 

Police say Ellis was not injured in the gunfire. 

The condition of the pedestrian that was struck is currently unknown. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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