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Drunk Motorist Assaults Area Sheriff After Fleeing From His House

Brant D. Carter
Brant D. Carter Photo Credit: Putnam County Sheriff's Office

At the height of the intense storm that hit the Hudson Valley on Tuesday, May 15, Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley spotted a stranger trespassing on his property in the town of Philipstown.

Of course, being the sheriff, Langley went to investigate and met up with 33-year-old Brant D. Carter, who pulled away at a high rate of speed when he realized who he was talking to, the Sheriff's department announced on Tuesday, May 29.

Langley jumped into his police vehicle and was able to follow Carter to Route 9 at Cross Road where Carter pulled over in compliance. Langley approached the vehicle and identified himself to Carter at which time Langley detected the odor of alcohol on the suspect’s breath as well as marijuana emanating from the vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

Langley ordered Carter to shut off his vehicle multiple times. Carter ignored the request, reached for the gear shift and sped off almost striking the Sheriff who had to jump out of the way, they added.

After a brief attempt by Carter to evade, Langley, following close behind and aided by the stopped traffic at the intersection of 403 and Route 9 due to the weather-related storms occurring that afternoon, Carter was boxed in at the Appalachian Market.

Carter exited his vehicle and was ordered to get on the ground by the Sheriff at which time Carter then tried to flee on foot. Langley was able to catch him and after a brief struggle in which Langley sustained physical injuries, place him under arrest, the department said.

Carter was charged with felony assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, DWI, and other related charges.

"The Sheriff thanks the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company and the help of a few good Samaritans including Charlie Polhemus of Garrison, for their assistance," the department said.

Subsequently, deputies arrived on the scene to assist the Sheriff. Carter failed sobriety tests and several open containers of alcohol, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were recovered from inside his vehicle.

He also did not have identification on him and had to be identified through fingerprints at the Sheriff’s Substation in the village of Nelsonville.

Carter who lives in Stillwell, Oklahoma, was released after posting bail pending a future court date.

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