Monday, March 20, 2017




Wurtsboro man charged with assaulting police officer


TOWN OF CRAWFORD – A 37-year-old Wurtsboro man is in the Orange County Jail without bail following his arrest Sunday evening by Crawford Town Police.

On Saturday, March 18, officers spotted Seth Pondi driving a car on Main Street in Crawford, knowing that he had a revoked driver’s license. He was stopped and officers noticed a four-year-old child in the back seat.

Pondi became uncooperative and attempted to drive away and as officers attempted to stop him, a five-year member of the police department was dragged by the car and struck by the mirror. Officers again tried to stop Pondi but he failed to comply.

The injured officer was transported to Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill where he was treated for his injuries.

Initial attempts to locate Pondi were unsuccessful and an arrest warrant was issued by Crawford Town Justice Bryan Kulak for assault and reckless endangerment.

Pondi was taken into custody without incident Sunday evening at a residence on Yarwood Road in the Town of Shawangunk. He was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful fleeing and several vehicle and traffic offenses.

Crawford Police were assisted by State Police, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, State Environmental Conservation Police, Town of Wallkill Police and Manchester Township, New Jersey Police.

The investigation is continuing and any witnesses are asked to call Crawford Police at 845-744-3300.


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