Friday, October 5, 2018



Head-on crash injures two including trooper

VanEps and
his mangled Jeep  

TOWN OF BETHEL – A state trooper and an Eldred man were injured Tuesday evening, October 2 when Jesse VanEps, 18, who was driving toward the trooper’s vehicle, crashed into it head-on.

Both VanEps and the trooper, Brandon Smith, assigned to the Roscoe barracks, were treated at Catskill Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

VanEps was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.

 Police investigation found that VanEps was westbound on Route 55 and Trooper Smith was eastbound. VanEps’ SUV drifted into the officer’s lane. The officer took evasive action but was unable to avoid the crash.

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