Montgomery Co. sheriff candidate faces second arrest in less than a month

Joseph Dopp (NYSP)

MAYFIELD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An Amsterdam man running to be the sheriff of Montgomery County was arrested for DWI by New York State Police.

A NYSP trooper was called to a farm in the town of Mayfield for a vehicle that had driven through the farm and struck another vehicle. Upon arrival, the trooper found the vehicle, which was blocked in by the farm owner.

According to police, the trooper detected the smell of alcohol coming from the operator, 50-year-old Joseph Dopp. Dopp failed field sobriety tests and was also found to be in possession of marijuana.

When arrested, Dopp registered a blood alcohol content of .11 percent.

He was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.

Dopp is a retired Amsterdam police officer. On May 7, he was arrested on weapons charges and was accused of trying to flee the arresting officer. Police said they found a loaded firearm and brass knuckles in Dopp’s vehicle when a state trooper pulled him over for speeding. Dopp then allegedly sped off while being interviewed by the trooper, but he pulled over again a short distance away.

For the newest charges, Dopp was remanded to the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $250 cash and $500 bond.




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