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Schenectady man allegedly punched state trooper

Schenectady man allegedly punched state trooper

Charged with felony assault on trooper and three misdemeanors
Schenectady man allegedly punched state trooper
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ROTTERDAM — A Schenectady man was arrested by state police on Sunday after he allegedly fled a traffic stop on foot and then tried to punch a state trooper, state police said.

David L. Tate, 35, faces a felony charge of second-degree assault, as well as misdemeanor charges of obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and bail jumping.

State Police said that shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, a trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on Highbridge Road in Rotterdam. The driver, identified as Tate, was unable to provide any form of identification. When the trooper asked Tate to get out of the vehicle, he immediately fled on foot, and the trooper gave chase.
 
Upon catching up with Tate, the trooper attempted to take him into custody, and Tate violently resisted. A struggle ensued during which Tate attempted to punch the trooper in the face.Tate was successfully secured, and the trooper sustained superficial injuries, police said.
 
Tate is due to appear in Rotterdam Town Court at a later date.

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