State police arrested a Newport man on several charges on May 28 after an incident at his residence.
According to a news release, state police in East Herkimer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of an all-terrain vehicle operating illegally on White Creek Road. The trooper, according to a release, attempted to stop the vehicle when the operator accelerated directly at the trooper, who had exited his patrol vehicle. According to the release, the operator then intentionally swerved the ATV at the patrol vehicle’s driver’s side door as the trooper was re-entering his vehicle to avoid being struck.
Morgan J. Jones, 23, of 370 White Creek Rd., was identified as the operator of the ATV.
He was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.
He was also charged with unlawful operation of an ATV on a highway, operating an unregistered ATV, uninsured operation of an ATV, operating a motor vehicle at a speed not reasonable and prudent, reckless driving of an ATV and failure to comply with lawful order.
Jones is due to appear in Newport Town Court at a later date this month.
In Herkimer County, no roads are open for ATV travel, according to a news release. The exception is in the town of Norway, where ATV traffic is permitted on town and seasonal roads.
All ATVs must be registered with the state Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance coverage is required when the ATV is operated anywhere other than the ATV owner’s personally-owned property.