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Motorist, police cruiser collide in Tupper Lake

A motorist crashed into a police cruiser in Tupper Lake Wednesday afternoon.

Ray Brook-based state police told WNBZ that an officer with the Tupper Lake Police Department was attempting to pull over another vehicle when the accident occurred.

Troopers say Officer Wesley Hoyt was driving one of the department's police cruisers, a 2007 Dodge Charger, east along state Route 3 in the village of Tupper Lake at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday when he observed a vehicle speeding in the westbound lane.

Hoyt then attempted a U-turn by pulling onto the shoulder and activating his emergency lights, according to state police.

Richard Pickering of Tupper Lake was driving behind Hoyt. Police say Pickering thought Hoyt was pulling over onto the shoulder, so he attempted to pass him on the left.

Instead, Pickering T-boned the squad car as Hoyt was crossing over into the westbound lane, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

State police said Thursday that no injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

Village police Chief Tom Fee is currently on vacation and could not be reached for comment.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

George Earl contributed to this report.

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