Stottville man charged with felony drug possession following foot pursuit

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Stottville man charged with felony drug possession following foot pursuit

Major Robin H. Benziger
Troop K Commander


Claverack, New York – On April 18, 2015, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation from the Livingston barracks arrested Michael J. Makoske, 25 years old, of Stottville, New York, for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony, and Resisting Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor.

On April 17, 2015 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Troopers stopped a Hudson woman operating a Mitsubishi Outlander traveling southbound on Route 66 for failing to dim her high-beams to on-coming traffic. Troopers interviewed the driver of the vehicle and the front seat passenger, who identified himself as Michael Makoske.

While Troopers were interviewing Makoske, a struggle ensued and he fled on foot. While Makoske was running from police, a plastic bag was observed falling from his pant leg. The substance that was observed falling from Makoske’s pants was later identified as cocaine.

With the assistance of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Greenport Police Department, Philmont Police Department and several State Police units, a perimeter was established. State Police K9 “Lord” tracked Makoske into a wooded area.

Makoske was later observed emerging from the wood line and was taken into custody without incident. Makoske was charged with possessing an estimated 45 grams of cocaine.

The driver of the vehicle was issued traffic tickets and released from police custody.

Makoske was arraigned before the Town of Livingston Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 bond.

Author: Harlem Valley News