WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. A West Harrison man apparently just had to have a 6 a.m. beer, which police said he stole from the 7-Eleven in White Plains on Sunday. That led to a high-speed chase across the city's downtown area into Harrison, police said.
William Ehring, 45, was charged with petit larceny, a class "A" misdemeanor, and reckless driving, a class "A" misdemeanor. Police gave this account of the incident:
At 6:01 a.m., Ehring entered the 7-Eleven and took a 12-ounce Heineken bottle from the display. The cashier told him alcohol couldn't be sold until after 8 a.m. He opened the bottle, but the employee took it from him and called police. Ehring then took another from the display case and left.
Police arrived as Ehring was getting into a gray 2011 Honda Accord. Police followed him, flashing their lights and sirens near Renaissance Square. The suspect slowed and pulled over as if to stop. But when the police car pulled over behind him, Ehring floored it, traveling east onto Hamilton Avenue at a high speed while switching lanes without signaling, police said. He then ran a red light on Hamilton Avenue and turned onto North Broadway, then east onto Lake Street, neither time using his turn signal.
When he reach Kensico Avenue, police stopped their pursuit but saw Ehring speeding and crossing over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic. He nearly collided with an SUV. Both cars swerved, and Ehring nearly lost control of the car.
The Harrison Police Department was notified and picked up pursuit.
Ehring was later found in front of his home on Madison Street and arrested by Harrison police. White Plains police picked him up and took him to their headquarters, where he was held on $500 bail and issued an appearance date for July 3.
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