Schenectady Police Officer pleads not-guilty to fleeing traffic stop

SCHENECTADY, NY (NEWS10) – Schenectady Police have arrested and charged Aaron Zampella, who is a patrolman and five-year veteran of the Schenectady Police Department, following a traffic stop.

He has pleaded not guilty and was released on his recognizance to appear back in court on April 12 at 9 a.m.

Zampella is accused of fleeing a traffic stop on Broadway last week.

Schenectady Police say one of their officers tried to stop him for speeding when he took off. He was eventually stopped on Campbell Ave.

He’s now facing a misdemeanor and a traffic violation. He pleaded not guilty on both counts.

Zampella was not on duty at the time, and police say alcohol was not involved. He’s since been suspended from the department without pay.

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