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A local man has died after he allegedly drove his car intentionally into the Hudson River during a police pursuit.
The body of Jeffrey Dean, 48, of Coxsackie was pulled from the river by police divers on Saturday, March 11.
On the evening of Friday, March 10 a trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the intersection of State Routes 81 and 9W in the Town of Coxsackie, State Police said. The vehicle operator, later identified as Dean, physically assaulted the trooper and fled from the scene in his car, police reported.
The trooper pursued Dean into the Village of Coxsackie, east on Mansion Street, and into Riverside Park.
“Dean then intentionally drove his vehicle down the boat launch ramp and into the Hudson River,” State Police said in a statement. “There was no contact between the marked police unit and Dean's vehicle.”
Once in the water, Dean exited his vehicle and attempted to swim to shore, police said. The trooper and members of the Coxsackie Police Department tried to rescue Dean from the frigid water, but were unsuccessful.
Divers from the State Police, Greene County Sheriff's Office and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office conducted a search and ultimately located Dean deceased in the river the following day. .
The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact State Police at 518-622-8600.