Man pleads not guilty to striking police car while impaired

James Knowles

ALBANY, N.Y. – A Troy man has pleaded not guilty to a seven count indictment.

James Knowles III, 29, was arraigned after a Grand Jury returned an indictment of seven charges, including three felonies, on Friday morning.

The indictment alleges that on June 20 at approximately 4:28 p.m., on Lower Hudson Avenue in Green Island, Knowles was driving at speeds up to 50 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone while his driving ability was impaired by drugs.  Knowles allegedly then struck a parked Green Island Police vehicle, occupied by a police officer.

Scene of incident on June 20, 2014 (NEWS10ABC)
Scene of incident on June 20, 2014 (NEWS10ABC)

The collision allegedly caused serious physical injury to the police officer. After the collision, Knowles allegedly left his vehicle with the intent to assault the officer, and made an attempt to get the officer’s firearm, but was subdued.

He was charged with one count of vehicular assault in the second degree, a felony, one count of assault in the second degree, a felony, one count of endangerment in the first degree, a felony, one count of reckless driving, a misdemeanor, one count of aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, one count of driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, and one count of operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, a violation.

Knowles pleaded not guilty to the charges and he was released on bail.

 

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