K9 Unit Deployed To Break Up Fight
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
WORCESTER – A state trooper broke his hand and another injured his jaw and lip when they tried to break up the fight between a father and son last night alongside I-88 in the Town of Worcester, according to a release from Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.
After a passerby alerted 911 that two males were apparently fighting on the roadside, a trooper responded and attempted to place Gary Lubrano, 65, Cobleskill, under arrest, according to the release. He resisted, and a physical altercation ensued; his son, Michael Lubrano, 34, Cobleskill, joined the fray, police said.
The father and son failed to desist when ordered to do so when a K9 handler arrived; a dog was deployed and subsequently bit the elder Lubrano, according to the release. Other troopers attempted to take both suspects into custody, and they allegedly resisted. During that struggle, a second trooper was injured, breaking his hand.
Troopers from Latham-based Troop G, which includes nearby Schoharie County, heard the radio transmissions and responded to the scene.
Father and son were transported to Bassett Hospital, Gary by Schenevus ambulance and Michael by Cooperstown Medical Transport . They were treated and released.
They were arraigned in the Otsego Town Court on two felony counts of assault on a police officer and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest. The son was additionally charged with driving while intoxicated. Both were remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $75,000 property bond.
Both troopers were transported to local hospitals and released. It is unknown when they will return to duty.