RICHMONDVILLE – A driver from Virginia intentionally drove into the driver’s side door of an occupied state police vehicle Monday night, state police said.
A state police release did not report any injuries to the trooper.
The incident happened just after 6 p.m. Monday in Richmondville after a trooper pulled the driver over, state police said.
The driver, identified as James D. Stewart, Jr., 26, of Sandy Level, Va., responded to the stop by intentionally ramming his vehicle into the driver’s side door of the occupied troopers car and then fleeing, state police said.
Stewart sped off headed east. His vehicle eventually broke down on Interstate 88 in Duanesburg and he fled on foot, state police said.
Officers from the state police, Schoharie County Sheriff’s office and SUNY Cobleskill Police soon took him into custody, troopers said.
Stewart was charged with attempted aggravated assault of a police officer and second-degree criminal mischief felonies, as well as misdemeanor unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, state police said.
Stewart was arraigned and ordered held on $15,000 bail. He is due back in court Friday.