UPD: Bizarre Domestic Dispute Started With Car Chase
Utica, NY (WIBX) – Utica police arrested two people last night, after witnessing part of a domestic dispute that started with a car chase, then a collision, followed by threats made with a knife. Officials say it happened when 33-year-old Taja James, of Sunset Avenue, started chasing his ex-wife in his car near Court Street. The woman, 35-year-old Tanya James, also of Sunset Avenue, attempted to flee in her vehicle, but was subsequently struck from behind by her ex-husband, causing her to crash into another vehicle on Roberts Street. Tanya James and her passenger then tried escaping by running to a friends house, with her ex-husband still in hot pursuit.
When the man living at the house intervened, Taja James, allegedly threatened him with a knife. Following an investigation, both Taja and Tanya James were arrested.
Tanya James is facing the following charges after officials determined she was intoxicated:
- 2 counts of DWI, Misdemeanors
- Aggravated DWI, BAC of .18% or more, a Misdemeanor
- Traffic summons
Taja James is facing the following charges:
- Criminal Trespass, a Misdemeanor
- 2 counts of Menacing, Misdemeanors