Deputy Injured After a Drunk Driver Rams Into Patrol Vehicle During a Traffic Stop

Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. reports that on April 3, 2018, at approximately 2:20 a.m. Deputy Shane Rossiter was on the right side of the northbound Taconic State Parkway, in the Town of Putnam Valley, sitting in his marked patrol car. He had his emergency lights activated, after pulling over a vehicle for a routine traffic infraction. Deputy Rossiter had just issued a ticket to the driver of that vehicle and was in his car waiting for the driver to pull away when a white 2013 BMW struck the rear of Deputy Rossiter’s vehicle.

At that time, additional members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s office, the New York State Police and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

An investigation by the New York State Police revealed that the driver of the 2013 BMW, 30-year-old Ashwin V. Ramnath, was driving while intoxicated. New York State Police arrested Mr. Ramnath and charged him with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated under Vehicle and Traffic Law 1192(2) and 1192(3).

Deputy Rossiter was transported to Putnam Hospital Center complaining of pain to his head and left hand.

Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. is grateful that the injuries to Deputy Rossiter were not more serious and stated that this incident is a reminder of how dangerous a routine traffic stop could be for our law enforcement officers.

Arrest | by Dr. Radut