A Troy man fought with a Waterford police officer Monday morning and a passerby helped police subdue the man, police said.
The driver also grabbed the officer’s weapon and caused the gun’s magazine to dislodge and fall to the road, police said.
The incident happened at about 11 a.m. Monday on Middletown Road in Waterford when Officer Jeremy Connors spotted a car tailgating another vehicle.
The officer stopped the driver and learned that the car’s registration had been suspended or revoked. When the officer asked the driver to step out, the man attacked, police said.
The driver was identified as Mark J. Riley, 52, of Old Sixth Avenue, Troy.
A passerby saw Riley grab the officer’s weapon and stopped to help the officer. He helped hold Riley down as the officer handcuffed him.
Riley faces a count of third-degree attempted robbery, a felony, related to taking the weapon. He also faces counts of resisting arrest, following too close, operating while registration suspended or revoked, and unregistered motor vehicle.
Riley was arraigned and ordered held on $2,500 bail.