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State Police: Gansevoort man throws snow at trooper during traffic stop

State Police: Gansevoort man throws snow at trooper during traffic stop

Now he faces misdemeanors and violations, state police say
State Police: Gansevoort man throws snow at trooper during traffic stop
Stephen K. Matthews
Photographer: New York State Police (inset); Shutterstock (background)

MOREAU - A passenger in a car stopped on Route 9 Thursday grabbed a handful of snow and threw it at the trooper that stopped them, state police said.

The incident resulted in the man, identified as Stephen K. Matthews, 47, of Gansevoort, to be charged with misdemeanors and violations, troopers said.

It happened shortly after 2 p.m. when a trooper spotted the driver committing vehicle and traffic violations and stopped the car, state police said. 

Upon interviewing the driver, the trooper detected an odor of marijuana from the vehicle and asked the driver and passengers to exit, state police said.

"While walking to the rear of the car Matthews grabbed snow off the trunk and threw it at that Trooper, striking him," state police said in a release.

Matthews then resisted arrest, but was eventually taken into custody. 

Matthews faces one count each of resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, misdemeanors, as well as violation disorderly conduct and harassment.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana, which belonged to a different passenger, troopers said.

Matthews was arraigned and released to return to court later.

 

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