Truck allegedly drags man through streets of Troy, driver arrested
Seth Scudds (Photo: Troy Police Department)
TROY, NY – Troy Police say they have arrested the driver of a truck that allegedly dragged a man four-miles through the city on Sunday.
Troy Police Captain John Cooney says the 45-year-old Seth Scudds, of Hoosick Falls, has been arrested Monday after the reckless driving incident.
Police say they first received a call around 5:30 p.m. Sunday from the Stewart's Shop on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Congress Street about a dispute between two men.
Soon after, a 911 call came in from the victim, 45-year-old Robert Kowalik, saying he was being dragged by a truck and driven through the streets. Kowalik said he was familiar with the driver of the truck, later identified to be Scudds.
Captain Cooney says Kowalik remained on the line with a Rensselaer County Dispatcher the entire time he was allegedly being dragged by a white pick-up truck through the City of Troy.
Cooney says the four-mile ride began at the Stewart's on Fifth Avenue and Congress Street and ended at the Wal-Mart on Hoosick Street in Brunswick, where Kowalik advised dispatch that he was able to free himself from the truck and that the driver had fled.
Troy Police and emergency responders arrived at the Wal-Mart to find Kowalik with lacerations, scrapes, and evidence of his legs being "run over."
Kowalike was transported to Albany Medical Center where his condition is unknown. However his injuries are believed to not be life threatening.
Scudds is being charged with Assault 2nd, Reckless Endangerment 2nd, and Reckless Driving.
Troy Police initially thought Scudds may not be entirely at fault. Several witness reports stated a man was hanging onto the driver's door and trying to get in through the window. However, an investigation determined a dispute led to the event and Kowalik was intentionally being dragged.
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