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Police: Catskill man drew gun on highway crew

Contributed photoWyatt Earp Cooper
June 7, 2019 07:45 pm Updated: June 7, 2019 07:47 pm


KINGSTON — A Greene County man was arrested Thursday in Kingston and charged with threatening a highway worker with a handgun, Saugerties police said.

Wyatt Earp Cooper, 27, of Catskill, was arrested around 5 p.m. Thursday and charged with second-degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, following a dispute with an Ulster County highway worker on Old Kings Highway in Saugerties on Wednesday.

Saugerties police responded to a 911 call at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, which related an account of a motorist brandishing a handgun during a verbal dispute.

“Ulster County Highway Department was out blacktopping,” Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said. “Mr. Cooper was impatient and wanted to get through.”

The 911 call was placed by the highway workers who described Cooper to police as a white male, with facial hair and a ball cap, driving a red Ford F250 single-cab pickup truck, according to Saugerties police.

An alert was issued for law enforcement to watch for a man matching Cooper’s description, according to Saugerties police.

An Ulster County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Cooper in Kingston on Thursday. Saugerties police responded and arrested Cooper after an interview, Sinagra said.

Cooper posted $500 bail and is scheduled to appear in court June 12.