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Schenectady Man Drives Off With Officer Partially In His Vehicle

When officers respond to calls for service, they never know if their lives are endangered or not. Last night, an officer’s life was in serious jeopardy after he responded to a call.

Last night officers were called for a report of trespassing on Pearl Street in Schuylerville that turned out to be much more than a simple trespassing call.

Officers with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 5:45 p.m on Monday night for a report of trespassing on Pearl Street. When officers arrived at the location, they were informed that the call was actually for a domestic incident in progress.

Officers are well aware that domestic incidents can easily go awry, and they are trained to take extraordinary precautions.

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The suspect involved in the incident, 43-year-old Vayne A. Rice of Schenectady, was attempting to leave the scene as officers were approaching.

Officers were able to stop Mr. Rice’s vehicle, but he was extremely uncooperative. As officers were partially inside his vehicle, he pulled off in an attempt to flee the scene.

Officers say that Mr. Rice had a total disregard for the officer’s life, as he pulled off with the officer halfway inside the car. Police accused Rice of “recklessly engaging in conduct that created a grave risk of death to another person under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life.”

Mr. Rice was arrested and taken into custody. He was charged with two counts of first-degree Reckless Endangerment, which are class D Felony offenses.

He is currently being held at the Saratoga County Jail where he is awaiting arraignment.

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