New York State Trooper Killed in Crash, Suspect in Custody
May 29, 2014
A New York State trooper was killed by a collision on Interstate 81 in Broome County on Thursday afternoon, state police said.
A suspect in the killing of the trooper was apprehended as of 1:40 p.m., an officer in the Sidney police barracks told the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Shortly after 12 p.m. Thursday, crews were called to an accident just north of exit 6 on 81 North, dispatchers told WBNG TV.
Broome County Sheriff's Deputies on the scene said a gray Nissan Altima and an Orange Pontiac Aztec were hit by a white truck. The white truck then fled the scene, according to deputies. The Nissan was a rental car.
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Richard Cole @ 5/29/2014 5:37 PM
According to local news sources, the truck driver purposely struck the trooper, but all the info hasn't come out yet. Tragic either way. Praying for the family.
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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/30/2014 10:14 AM
The suspect admitted to the crash but claims to not fully remember it, he claimed he was in a time warp. The presence of alcohol or drugs was not mentioned but its a good possibility. My condolences to the Troopers family and to his agency. Too many Officers are being killed in traffic accidents this year. Everyone please be careful out there.
Ima Leprechaun @ 5/30/2014 10:19 AM
Suspect: Almond Upton's statement to the police:
Upton admitted that he deliberately swerved his pickup truck from the left passing lane to the right shoulder to hit Skinner, state police said. It wasn't clear what his motive was. He told state police he was driving to Connecticut to visit his mother.
State police said Upton continued down the highway before stopping and running into woods. He was taken into custody an hour later after a police dog tracked him. He was found naked, but state police said he didn't appear to be drunk or on drugs. Perhaps he is going for the Insanity Defense.
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