Wurtsboro man charged with assaulting police officer

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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

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

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.