Gloversville officer struck by pickup, recorded on body cam

In this still taken from a body camera video clip, an officer jumps to his right as a pickup truck strikes him while investigating a complaint. (Video courtesy of the Gloversville Police Department)

GLOVERSVILLE — Police charged 71-year-old Robert F. Bulger with the hit and run accident where a Gloversville Police Department officer was struck and injured Wednesday.

A city police officer was struck by a vehicle Wednesday around 8:23 p.m. on West Fulton Street while responding to a complaint. A police press release today said the officer was not injured and state police had located the vehicle that drove off following the incident at 9:10 a.m. this morning.

Bulger, of 477 W. Fulton St. Ext., was identified as the operator of the truck that allegedly hit the officer. He was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

City police were handling a disorderly conduct complaint on West Fulton Street near the intersection with South Burton Avenue Wednesday around 8:23 p.m. While preparing to leave the site of the complaint, a patrol officer was struck by a truck traveling westbound on West Fulton Street.

The officer was standing on the terrace of the eastbound travel lane, when he was struck by the vehicle that fled the scene.

According to police, the officer was not injured, but complained of pain in the area where he was struck and sought medical attention.

Members of the Gloversville Police Department Patrol Division, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and state police attempted to locate and stop the vehicle Wednesday night after it fled the scene.

An initial press release was accompanied by footage from another patrol officer’s body camera that showed the accident.

The short clip shows an officer speaking to someone along the side of the street when a passing pickup truck crosses the median, entering the eastbound lane and striking the officer. The officer remained on his feet following the impact and ran towards the patrol car parked on the opposite side of the street.

The release said the vehicle appeared to be a dark-colored Chevrolet Silverado with a white license plate. There were several stickers in the rear windshield, including one that appeared to be a United States Marine Corps. sticker.

Bulger was arraigned in Gloversville City Court where he was remanded to Fulton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bail bond.

By Patricia Older

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