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Gloversville officer hit by truck while on the job

Gloversville officer hit by truck while on the job

The vehicle has been found, police said
Gloversville officer hit by truck while on the job
A still from video showing a Gloversville officer being hit by a pick-up truck, April 25, 2018.
Photographer: Gloversville Police Department

GLOVERSVILLE -- A 71-year-old man is facing charges after he grazed a police officer with his truck Wednesday night and fled, according to Gloversville police.

Robert F. Bulger, 71, of 477 W. Fulton St. Ext., was arrested Thursday and arraigned in City Court on charges of second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault and leaving the scene of a personal injury automobile accident.

Gloversville police Lt. Brad Schaffer said said the incident happened at 8:23 p.m. on West Fulton Street, near where it intersects with South Burton Avenue. He said Gloversville police officers were dealing with a disorderly conduct call when patrolman Michael Quattrocchi was struck by the driver’s side front fender and mirror of Bulger’s 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. The incident was recorded by one the Gloversville police department’s body cameras.

Warning: This video contains strong language.

“Two of our officers went to their vehicle to give chase at that time," Schaffer said. "They were unsuccessful; they lost the vehicle, at that time."

Schaffer said a break came after they released video of the incident to other police agencies. 

"An astute New York state trooper located the vehicle in the suspect’s driveway,” Schaffer said.

Gloversville police detectives  then went to Bulger’s house and determined the vehicle parked there was the one that struck Quattrocchi.

“They invited [Bulger] back to the station for an interview, where he subsequently made some written statements about the accident -- enough to substantiate the charges we’ve lodged against him,” Schaffer said. 

"He did make some statements to the affect that he did understand that he had struck and object, but he denied having knowledge that the object that he struck was a person."

According to the charging documents filed in Gloversville City Court, officers said Bulger admitted to having consumed alcohol prior to driving Wednesday night.

Schaffer said Quattrocchi suffered a contusion to his left shoulder and considerable pain. He was examined at Nathan Littauer Hospital and released to finish the remainder of his duty shift and is not expected to miss any time from work. 

Schaffer said Quattrocchi is a first-year officer who graduated from the police academy in January and recently began “solo patrol” work for the department.

Bulger’s case was adjourned until 8:15 a.m. Monday morning in City Court. He was sent to the Fulton County jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond bail.

“Two of our officers went to their vehicle to give chase at that time," Schaffer said. "They were unsuccessful. Subsequently, we released that body cam footage to some of our law enforcement partners, prior to releasing it to the media, and an astute New York state trooper located the vehicle in the suspect’s driveway." 

Members of the Gloversville Police Department detective division went to Bulger’s house and determined the vehicle parked there was the one that struck Quattrocchi.

“They invited [Bulger] back to the station for an interview, where he subsequently made some written statements about the accident -- enough to substantiate the charges we’ve lodged against him,” Schaffer said. “He did make some statements to the effect that he did understand that he had struck an object, but he denied having knowledge that the object that he struck was a person.” 

Schaffer said Quattrocchi suffered minor injuries that included bruises. He was examined at Nathan Littauer Hospital and released to finish the remainder of his duty shift and is not expected to miss any time from work. Schaffer said Quattrocchi is a first-year police officer who  graduated from the police academy in January and recently began “solo patrol” work for the department. 

Bulger’s case was adjourned until Monday in City Court. He was sent to the Fulton County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond bail. 
 

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