Police: Man narrowly missed striking woman with SUV

BELMONT — An Alfred Station man plead guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment, a class-D felony, in Allegany County Court Wednesday.

Christopher Foster, 45, entered the plea stemming from a July 6, 2018 incident in the Village of Alfred. Authorities said Foster, "under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life," recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to the victim when he recklessly accelerated and drove his Honda SUV at the woman, narrowly missing her and causing his car to go over a curb and hit a nearby tree.

At the time, Foster had no license or privilege to be on the Alfred University campus after given notice that he was not allowed to be on campus property.

There was a heavy police presence in Alfred that day due to preparations for the funeral of Trooper Nicholas Clark at Alfred University later that weekend. Police heard the car accident and immediately responded, at which time they commanded Foster to stop and exit the vehicle. Foster attempted to flee responding officers by leaving the Ford Street parking lot and driving at least 25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour.

Foster continued to evade police by blowing through stop signs into four different intersections, attempting to run officers off the road by jerking his car toward their public safety vehicle. At the time of the incident, Foster was operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, authorities said.

The plea satisfies an impending indictment that included charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, trespass, third-degree unlawful fleeing of a police officer, speeding, four counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, and driving while ability impaired by alcohol.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.