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Albany man found guilty in trooper assault
ALBANY - A jury has found the man accused of assaulting a state trooper during a traffic stop guilty on various charges.
30-year-old Jermaine Johnson was pulled over by a state trooper on I90. It was during that traffic stop that police say, Johnson punched the trooper in the side of the head, got back in his vehicle and drove off. After a chase on I90 and through residential neighborhoods, Johnson struck several parked cars before abandoning his car and attempted to run.
Johnson has been found guilty of assault, fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, and resisting arrest. He is facing over 12 years in prison.
"The assault on a member of law enforcement who protects our community and ensures public safety is something that will never be tolerated in Albany County, and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The defendant in this case will now spend the next several years in a New York State Prison cell reflecting upon his actions," commented District Attorney David Soares
The state trooper received a concussion.