Pair arrested for assaulting state trooper
MAYFIELD — A couple from Northville were charged with several felonies Sunday evening after allegedly assaulting a New York State Police trooper who had pulled them over for a traffic infraction.
According to a news release, the trooper stopped Jason G. Buyce, 40, for a lighting violation on County Highway 123.
Suspecting Buyce may have been under the influence, the trooper asked Buyce to exit the vehicle to perform sobriety tests.
According to the release, Buyce allegedly immediately shoved the trooper and attempted to flee on foot. The trooper caught him and a struggle ensued, with Buyce physically resisting and allegedly attempting to remove the trooper’s pistol from his holster during the struggle.
A passenger in the vehicle, Shelley B. Gallup, 33, then left the vehicle and allegedly physically intervened to prevent the arrest of Buyce. Troopers said Gallup ignored all verbal commands to remove herself from the area, and pulled on Buyce to get him away from the trooper.
Buyce managed to get away from the trooper and ran back to his vehicle with Gallup.
Gallup then got into the driver’s seat and drove away from the scene while the trooper was attempting to remove Buyce from the vehicle to take him into custody.
Gallup allegedly ignored the trooper’s orders to stop the vehicle, causing the trooper to be dragged a short distance before freeing himself.
Responding patrols located Gallup driving on County Highway 152 in the town of Northampton, where she was stopped and taken into custody.
Buyce was no longer in the vehicle with her.
Three young children who were in the vehicle with Buyce and Gallup during the incident were unharmed.
Gallup was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment.
She was arraigned and remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 secured bond. As of today, she was still incarcerated.
Buyce was located at a residence on County Highway 123 Monday morning.
He was charged with second-degree attempted assault, third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, second-degree criminal impersonation, petit larceny, as well as vehicle and traffic charges.
Troopers said the criminal impersonation charge stems from Buyce providing a false name to the trooper conducting the initial traffic stop.
He was arraigned and remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility without bail.
State police were assisted by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office during the investigation and Child Protective Services were notified of the incident and arrests.
The trooper involved received minor injuries for which he was treated by medical personnel and released.