Eric Wist, a 20-year-old Hamptonburgh man, was charged with two felonies and other charges after he allegedly took a swing at a police officer.
Two Washingtonville police officers in plain clothes were conducting surveillance for criminal activity on July 22 at about 1 a.m. and observed two men trespassing in the area of Mays Field. The officers requested a uniformed police officer to assist them when approaching the suspects.
One suspect remained. Wist ran, and was chased by police. He resisted arrest and swung at one of the officers, police said.
Three officers sustained minor injuries in the scuffle. Two of the officers were treated at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital and released. One officer hadn’t returned to work as of Wednesday due to the injuries.
An off-duty NYPD officer driving in the area assisted by trying to detain Wist after witnessing the altercation. A marked police vehicle was at the scene.
Wist was sent to Orange County Jail on $3,000 bail, or $5,000 bond. He was charged with felony assault in the second degree and criminal mischief in the second degree, misdemeanor obstructing governmental administration, and trespassing, a violation. He’s schedule to appear in village court on Aug. 10.