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Troy man's mental state a concern at arraignment
"I want to see the judge," James Knowles told the officers surrounding him as he stood at the bench in Green Island town court around 12:30 Saturday morning.
"You're gonna," one replied calmly. "Just relax."
"I have the worst driving record in the world," said the 29-year-old Troy man. None of the officers answered. "I don't know what I've done."
At one point it appeared Knowles might try to break the hold of two officers. A third moved up to help keep him still. "Where is the judge? What am I being charged with?"
He's charged with Vehicular Assault 2nd, Assault 1st, Assault 2nd, Reckless Endangerment and DWAI. Judge Joseph Liotta ordered a mental health evaluation and sent Knowles to jail with no bail.
Police say Knowles, driving a 1998 Audi, intentionally rammed the rear of a police car on Lower Hudson Ave at 4:28 Friday night. They say Knowles got out of his car and attacked the police officer who had been sitting in the car, attempting to take the officer's gun. Police say a passing motorist and a state trooper who happened to be in the area helped him. The officer was treated and released from Albany Medical Center. While waiting for the judge, Knowles asked the officers about their fellow officer.
"How is he? Is he okay?" he asked. "Please tell me he's okay."
"He's in the hospital, what do you want?" one officer replied. The judge said the injured officer had neck and back injuries and severe pain.
At one point while waiting for the arraignment to begin, Knowles read aloud from an instructional form that was on the bench, then asked "Can I get a copy of that?" He said, "I just want to go get better. I want to push everybody to get better." He asked for forgiveness for the police officers he claimed hit him. He resisted when officers began to put him in the back of a police car to go to jail. "No, I didn't do that," he repeated as officers worked to get him safely into the car.