Ballston Spa

Cuffed to steering wheel, Halfmoon man injured state trooper when he fled from vehicle stop


BALLSTON SPA — A Halfmoon man who sped from a drug arrest while handcuffed to his steering wheel, injuring a member of the state police in the process, is expected to receive a five-year sentence in state prison.

Duane McEwan admitted he fought and injured a state police trooper who tried to arrest him for possessing cocaine.

Saratoga County Court Judge James A. Murphy III accepted Duane McEwan’s guilty plea to assault in the second degree, a Class D violent felony, on Friday.

The plea was taken in satisfaction of a 12-count indictment pending in Saratoga County Court, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said in a news statement.

The trooper stopped McEwan in the area of Mohawk Commons in Halfmoon on April 1.

McEwan resisted and fought the trooper as she was handcuffing him. They struggled outside McEwan’s car, and he was able to get back into his driver’s seat, the statement read.

The two continued to fight inside McEwan’s car, even though the trooper handcuffed him to his steering wheel and used pepper spray.

McEwan managed to get the car into driving gear and sped away. The impact threw the trooper onto the pavement, and the trooper was taken to Saratoga Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

McEwan was apprehended a short distance from the area, on Woodin Road, after a police pursuit that resulted in a crash and property damage.

McEwan will be sentenced April 18. His prison term will be followed by five years’ probation, Heggen said.

“Police officers have a duty to respond to calls that regularly place them in dangerous situations,” Heggen said in the statement. “Those who cause injury to police officers who are just doing their jobs and protect our community must be held accountable for their actions.”

Senior Assistant District Attorney Shawn Lescault and Assistant District Attorney Mary Northrup prosecuted the case.

Contact reporter Brian Lee @ [email protected] or 518-419-9766.

Categories: Clifton Park and Halfmoon, News, Saratoga County

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