Gloversville hit and run suspect gets bail reduced


GLOVERSVILLE — The man held in Fulton County Jail over the weekend after being charged with a hit and run accident involving a city police officer had his bail reduced in City Court Monday.

Robert F. Bulger, 71, of 477 W. Fulton St. Ext. was charged Thursday with three class A misdemeanors for second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault and leaving the scene of a personal-injury automobile accident.

Bulger was arraigned in City Court before Judge Traci DiMezza on Thursday where he was remanded to Fulton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bail bond.

Bulger, who was still being held in county jail, was not present in court Monday. Bulger’s attorney, Robert Abdella, appeared before DiMezza, waving his court appearance.

In court DiMezza said that following a conference in chambers, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Stanyon had agreed to a bail modification reducing the amount to $5,000 cash or $25,000 bond.

Abdella agreed to the modification saying he believed Bulger’s wife would be posting the bail in cash. The case was adjourned until May 23 at 8:15 a.m. for plea negotiations.

Last week officers said Bulger was identified as the operator of the vehicle that was involved in the motor vehicle accident in which a city police officer was struck.

City police said they 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 motor vehicle 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. Bulger was located by state police Thursday morning.

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

Jail officials said today that Bulger was released Monday afternoon.

By Kerry Minor

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