A Whitehall man was charged with felony assault after he allegedly cause injury to a police officer.
Gary L. Senecal, 54, of Buckley Road was charged last Tuesday with second degree assault, a felony, after he became uncooperative and caused injuries to the arresting officer.
Senecal was stopped on West St. after police observed a traffic violation. Upon interviewing Senecal, police suspected he was under the influence of alcohol and he failed subsequent field sobriety tests. A Breathalyzer test revealed Senecal’s blood alcohol content was .13 percent.
Senecal was subsequently transported to the Whitehall Police Station for processing. While at the station he became combative uncooperative and while being returned to the processing room, caused minor injuries to officer Jeffrey Grenier.
Grenier was treated by Skenesborough EMS personnel at the station. Under state law, the assault of a police officer, no matter how minor, elevates the charge to a felony.
In addition to second degree assault, Senecal was also charged with driving while the intoxicated.
He was arraigned in Whitehall Village Court and sent to Washington County Correctional Facility for lack of bail.