Kicking officer, patrol car results in felony charge

WARRENSBURG - A Lake George man faces felony charges after he kicked at a rear window of a patrol car while he was being transported to police headquarters, then kicked the legs of a patrol officer who attempted to restrain him.

On Dec. 11 at about 9:22 p.m., 40 year old Vincent J. Rathbun of Truesdale Hill Rd. in Lake George was arrested for driving while intoxicated on River Street in Warrensburg, county Sheriff's officers said Tuesday.

Rathbun was taken into custody and was being transported to the Warren County Sheriff's Office to be processed by Sheriff's officer Scott Phillips. During the transport Rathbun began to kick the rear window of the patrol vehicle which caused damage to the vehicle, authorities said.

Phillips stopped the patrol car at the intersection of Diamond Point Mountain Rd. and state Route 9 and attempted to restrain Rathbun so that he would not hurt himself or further damage the police car. When the door was opened, Rathbun charged at Phillips and kicked him in the legs. Phillips sustained bruises to his legs, but he didn't require any treatment. Rathbun was transported to Glens Falls Hospital for evaluation and was later released.

Rathbun was arrested on a felony charge of second-degree Attempted Assault, and the Misdemeanors of Driving While Intoxicated, first-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Resisting Arrest, and a violation of fourth degree Criminal Mischief.

Rathbun was released on bail to appear in Court at a later date. Phillips and was assisted by other county Sheriff's officers and the state Police.

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