Traffic stop yields driver wanted for kidnapping

BETHLEHEM — Wednesday morning, police stopped the driver of a tractor trailer for a traffic violation and discovered he was wanted on felony charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon, according to a release from Bethlehem Police.

The traffic stop was made on Feura Bush Road on Feb. 6 at 8:17 a.m. and the driver was identified as William Sanchez, 39, of Manhattan.

A driver’s license check on Sanchez determined that he was wanted by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department in New Jersey in regards to an indictment warrant on the felony charges, the release said. Sanchez was taken into custody and returned to the Bethlehem Police station.

He was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court as a fugitive from justice and for disobeying a traffic-control device. He was remanded to the Albany County’s jail without bail by Judge Ryan Donovan, and is scheduled to return to Bethlehem Court on March 5 at 4 p.m.  Sanchez will also face an extradition hearing in Albany County Court in the near future, the release said.

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