MAYFIELD -- A man tried to take a state trooper’s gun and a woman briefly dragged the trooper with a car Sunday night in Mayfield, all with three children present, state police said.
The trooper suffered minor injuries, was treated and released, state police said.
The accused original driver, identified as Jason G. Buyce, 40, of Northville, got away and wasn’t arrested until Monday morning, state police said.
The accused secondary driver who allegedly dragged the trooper, was identified as Shelley B. Gallup, 33, also of Northville.
The incident happened just after 8 p.m. Sunday on County Highway 123 in Mayfield, state police said.
State police stopped the car for a lighting violation and Buyce was asked to get out for field sobriety tests, state police said.
Inside the car were Gallup and three young children, state police said. The children were unharmed throughout and Child Protective Services was later notified.
Instead of submitting to the tests, Buyce immediately shoved the trooper, identified in paperwork filed in court as Trooper Joshua Nauroth, and tried to run. Nauroth caught up with Buyce and a struggle ensued with Buyce trying to take the trooper’s gun from its holster, state police said.
As Buyce and the trooper struggled, Gallup got out and attempted to intervene, state police said.
She pulled on Buyce to get him away from the trooper. Buyce then got away and both he and Gallup got back in the car.
“Gallup, who is now behind the wheel, drove from the scene while the Trooper was attempting to remove Buyce from the vehicle to take him into custody,” a state police release reads. “Gallup ignored the Trooper’s orders to stop the vehicle, causing the Trooper to be dragged a short distance before freeing himself.”
State police estimated in paperwork filed in court that Nauroth was dragged about 10 yards.
Nauroth suffered scrapes and abrasions in the struggle with Buyce, according to paperwork.
Responding troopers soon found the car with Gallup driving on County Route 152 in Northampton. She was stopped and arrested, but Buyce was no longer with her, state police said.
Gallup was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, along with three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one misdemeanor count each of resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and criminal mischief, as well as violation harassment.
She was arraigned and ordered held on $20,000 bail.
Buyce was arrested Monday morning at a residence on Route 123 and was arraigned Monday afternoon before Justice Marjorie Jones.
Buyce appeared with bandages around his knees and one around a finger.
Buyce could be heard disputing the accusations that he tried to grab the trooper’s gun.
He was arraigned and ordered held. Two prior felony convictions meant bail would have to be considered by a higher court.
Buyce faces one count each of second-degree attempted assault and third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, felonies, along with the three misdemeanor child endangerment counts, and one misdemeanor count each of resisting arrest, criminal impersonation and petit larceny.
The impersonation count was for allegedly giving a relative’s name during the initial stop.
The larceny count relates to allegations he stole the trooper’s handcuffs during the struggle, according to allegations filed in court.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office assisted.