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Troy man allegedly rammed police car, assaulted officer

Troy man allegedly rammed police car, assaulted officer

A Troy man is accused of ramming a police car Friday night, then assaulting the officer and trying t

A Troy man is accused of ramming a police car Friday night, then assaulting the officer and trying to take his service weapon.

Green Island police said Officer William Rice was intentionally rammed from behind by a vehicle driven by James V. Knowles, 29, while Rice was stopped on Lower Hudson Avenue in a marked patrol car. Police said Knowles then got out of his vehicle, assaulted Rice and tried unsuccessfully to grab his gun.

Rice was able to ward off the attack, police said, until a passing motorist and a state trooper who was nearby were able to help him subdue Knowles and take him into custody

Rice, a full-time investigator for the Albany County Sheriff’s Office who also works part-time for the Green Island Police Department, was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.

Knowles was charged with felony counts of second-degree vehicular assault, first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment. He was arraigned in Town Court and sent to the Albany County jail without bail.

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