Putnam County Sheriff's Department

Beacon Man Charged With Menacing

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports that on June 17, 2022, at approximately 6:22 pm, deputies were dispatched to Route 9D in the Village of Cold Spring for an automobile accident and a report that one of the drivers was brandishing a firearm.

An investigation, with the assistance of the Village of Cold Spring Police Department, determined that a vehicle being operated by an 18-year-old female Cold Spring resident was southbound on Route 9D north of the Breakneck Tunnel when she passed a vehicle in front of her. Her vehicle was not able to get back into her lane in time, and subsequently, the driver’s side mirror of her vehicle struck the driver’s side mirror of a vehicle traveling northbound and being operated by a 52-year-old male resident of Beacon, sending debris into his vehicle and striking him in the head. The male then turned his vehicle around and followed the female driver, where she stopped near the softball field. At this time, the male approached the female’s vehicle and knocked on the glass with a pistol he was holding.

The male driver was arrested for felony Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree and misdemeanor Menacing in the 2nd Degree. He was arraigned in the Village of Nelsonville Court and was remanded to the Putnam County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.

The female driver of the other vehicle was charged with misdemeanor Reckless Driving and issued traffic tickets for Moving from Lane Unsafely and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. It was determined that the area where she passed the other vehicle was a no-passing zone.

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