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Prison guard convicted in drunken Saratoga Springs brawl

Prison guard convicted in drunken Saratoga Springs brawl

What started as a drunken fracas on Caroline Street and ended with Saratoga Springs police carrying

What started as a drunken fracas on Caroline Street and ended with Saratoga Springs police carrying an obstinate state corrections officer into city lockup could land the man in county jail.

John Bateman Jr., 54, of Gansevoort, was convicted on one count of resisting arrest and two of disorderly conduct during a trial in City Court on Thursday. The misdemeanor convictions could land him as much as a year behind bars when he’s sentenced in September.

Prosecutors gave the following account:

Bateman had become extremely intoxicated during a golf outing, continued drinking through dinner in downtown Saratoga Springs and ultimately at several bars Aug. 12. At one point, he got in a fight with another man on Caroline Street that prompted city police to intervene.

Despite the presence of police, Bateman continued to taunt his adversary to continue fighting. When police asked him for identification, he pulled out his state corrections officer badge and persisted in shouting obscenities in disregard of requests by police.

Police attempted to handcuff Bateman and take him into custody but he went limp, prompting three officers to carry him into a waiting police cruiser.

Bateman continued to resist at the station. Officers struggled with him as he attempted to latch onto railings and stairs as they moved him into the building.

“The jury heard testimony in this case from four Saratoga Springs police officers and from the defendant himself,” Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III said in a statement. “The jury did an outstanding job determining that [Bateman’s] version was simply not believable.”

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