Dutchess County Man Arrested for Reckless Driving, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer and Other Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. reports the arrest of a Wappingers Falls man, after the man drove recklessly, fled from a Deputy Sheriff, and Resisted Arrest.

On February 11, 2019, at approximately 6:38 pm, Deputy Kevin Radovich and Emergency Service Unit (ESU) Deputy, Brian Neary, responded to the area of 871 Peekskill Hollow Road, located in the Town of Putnam Valley, for a report of a road hazard. Upon approaching the area, Deputy Radovich observed a vehicle that had struck a telephone pole. As Deputy Radovich approached the vehicle, he observed the driver backup the vehicle and, then again, drive forward into the pole, causing damage to his vehicle. Deputy Radovich then observed the driver of the vehicle back up onto Peekskill Hollow Road and drive off.

In an attempt to pull the driver over, Deputy Radovich activated his patrol unit’s emergency lights and sirens. The vehicle’s driver refused to pull over and continued to drive recklessly on Peekskill Hollow Road, almost striking oncoming vehicles. At one point, it appeared that the driver stepped on the brake, causing the vehicle to swerve off the roadway and strike another telephone pole.

Deputy Radovich and Deputy Neary approached the vehicle and noticed that the driver appeared to have only minor injuries. They then attempted to place the driver under arrest. The driver, Jeffrey Kidd, age 48, of Wappingers Falls, refused to follow commands and resisted arrest. Deputy Radovich and Deputy Neary eventually were able to place Mr. Kidd under arrest and transport him to the Putnam County Correctional Facility for arrest processing.

Mr. Kidd was processed and charged with the Misdemeanor charges of Reckless Driving, Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, Resisting Arrest and Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree. In addition, he was charged with numerous traffic violation offenses.

Mr. Kidd posted $250.00 cash-bail and was released. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Putnam Valley Justice Court, at a future date and time.

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