Millerton man arrested for running trooper off the road
PLEASANT VALLEY — Twenty-six-year-old Millerton resident Joshua Gop was arrested on Monday, Nov. 28, on several charges related to drugs and running a New York State Police trooper off the road.
The trooper was traveling westbound on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley shortly before 5 p.m. when Gop allegedly drove into the trooper’s lane, forcing the trooper to “swerve into a ditch to avoid a collision,” according to a press release issued by the New York State Police.
Gop then allegedly drove down a side street, but was soon caught by the trooper.
The trooper arrested Gop after sobriety tests confirmed Gop was intoxicated.
A search of Gop’s car revealed drugs and drug paraphernalia. “Gop was found with several hypodermic syringes and several packets of heroin in his car, as well as a small quantity of marijuana,” stated the press release.
Zone Sgt. Michael Comerford said Gop consented to a blood test at Northern Dutchess Hospital before he was brought to the State Police office in Rhinebeck to be processed.
The trooper who was allegedly driven off the road by Gop is assigned to the Rhinebeck office.
Gop was charged with driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, possession of hypodermic needles, unlawful possession of marijuana and several vehicle and traffic violations regarding running the trooper off the road.
Gop was arraigned by Hyde Park Justice John Kennedy, who, according to the press release, released Gop on his own recognizance without requiring bail to be posted.
In regards to the lack of bail, Kennedy would only say, “Bail decisions are made on a great number of factors.”
Gop is a member of the Sons of the American Legion affiliated with American Legion Post 178 in Millerton and for many years has played Taps at memorial services. He lives on South Center Street in Millerton.
Gop was scheduled to appear before the Pleasant Valley Town Court on Nov. 30.