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Troopers: New arrests made in Latham road rage incident

Troopers: New arrests made in Latham road rage incident

Victim charged with making a false statement
Troopers: New arrests made in Latham road rage incident
Tardiff, Shim
Photographer: provided photo

LATHAM — State police investigators announced two more arrests Wednesday related to an alleged road rage incident on May 10, including a woman who originally purported to be the victim of racial slurs.

Natia V. Shim, 35, of Troy — who alleged to have been a victim of the incident — was charged with making a false written statement, a misdemeanor, according to state police. She was arrested Wednesday and is due in court on June 20. 

Trooper Mark Cepiel, a state police spokesman, said Shim was in the area of the incident but was not present for what happened. She told police she had been called a handful of racial slurs, but investigators found evidence suggesting she had misled police, Cepiel said.

"She was not there, so her version of events as she purported, because she stated she was there, are not supported," he said.  

Cepiel did not specify the evidence that led investigators to charge Shim for making false statements or what motivated her to make the allegations in the first place.

Logan J. Tardiff, 21, of Halfmoon, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree menacing, both misdemeanors. He was arrested Monday and is due in court on June 24, according to state police. 

Wednesday's arrests and charges bring to five the total number of people charged in connection to the incident. While Shim allegedly misled police about what had happened to her, Cepiel said, a group of four men did allegedly threaten a motorist in the area, leading to the four arrests.

Troopers said the investigation has concluded, and no additional arrests are expected.

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