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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

State Police: Cobbleskill Flasher Leads Troops on Chase, Attempts Vehicle-Based Attack During Pursuit – The Daily Gazette

COBLESKILL – A Skohari County man who exposed himself Monday outside a cobbleskill bank was soon followed by state police as he attempted to flee, and drove his car onto two state police cruisers, state police said.

No one was reported injured in the incident, but the suspect, identified as 47-year-old Jeffrey Lawrence of Summit, was eventually charged with two counts of attempted grievous assault by a police officer, one felony.

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State police said the incident began at the Bank of Richmondville in Cobbleskill just before 2 p.m. Monday.

Troopers responded to reports of a man there, later identified as Lawrence, who exposed his genitals outside the bank.

Soldiers then attempted to detain Lawrence, but Lawrence resisted and fled the scene. State police said a soldier was on foot and Lawrence had to drive around him.

Troopers followed Lawrence, who was traveling slowly, until he came to a stop on Route 10 and Main Street in Jefferson Village, 20 miles from the bank.

There, soldiers attempted to detain him again, when he put his car in reverse and deliberately rammed the soldier’s car behind him, damaging it. He then proceeded to try to escape, and hit another soldier’s car. The state police said there were soldiers in both the soldiers’ cars. No soldier was hurt.

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The second strike, however, disabled Lawrence’s vehicle. The state police said that he came out and protested further before being taken into custody.

Lawrence faces two counts of attempted felony assault on a police officer and two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, a felony. He also faces two counts of misdemeanor, reckless endangerment and escaping from an officer in a motor vehicle, as well as one count of resisting arrest and public indecent, misconduct.

Lawrence was put on trial and later released with conditions to return to court.

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