Police: man violates order of protection, flees on bike and collides with vehicle

By WKTV News

BOONVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - Police say a Boonville man on a bicycle rode into a car as he tried to flee police, who were investigating accusations that the man was harassing his ex-girlfriend.

According to Boonville Police, Patrolman David Humphries responded to a First Street residence in the village on Thursday evening for a report of a man violating an order of protection. Police said that earlier that day, William Richardson, 41, of Boonville, had allegedly ridden a bicycle to the location and began harassing his estranged ex-girlfriend and her friend. Richardson rode his bicycle past the residence several times while yelling at his ex-girlfriend and her friend, and refused to leave the area, police said.

The order of protection, out of Boonville Court, directed Richardson to stay away from the residence and his ex-girlfriend.

While Officer Humphries was on the scene investigating the incident, police say Richardson rode his bicycle in front of the residence. When Richardson spotted the police vehicle, police say he attempted to flee the scene and was not paying attention to a parked vehicle on the roadside, striking the rear of the vehicle with his bicycle, causing damage to the vehicle.

Richardson recovered from the accident and fled the scene without reporting the damage, police said.

About an hour later, police took Richardson into custody at his residence and was brought the Boonville Police Station where he was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, second-degree harassment, and third-degree criminal mischief.

He was arraigned in the Town of Steuben Court and sent to the Oneida County Jail on $1,500 bail or $1,500 bond.

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