NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Todd O. Stratton
Troop C Commander
On August 27, 2021 at approximately 10:30 a.m., New York State Police at Sidney arrested Jovonne M. Best, age 35 of Bainbridge, NY for the felonies of Aggravated Assault Against a Police Officer with a Deadly Weapon (2 counts), Reckless Endangerment in the first degree (2 counts) and Criminal Mischief in the second degree. She was charged with the misdemeanors of Driving While Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Mischief on the fourth degree and Obstructing Governmental Administration.
A Trooper and an Investigator responded to a report of a violation of an order of protection at a residence on State Route 7 in the town of Bainbridge. The trooper was interviewing Best outside of the residence when Best ran into the garage and got into a vehicle. Best recklessly accelerated the vehicle in reverse and nearly struck the Investigator. As Best continued in reverse, she struck the garage door frame. The debris from the door frame struck the trooper, causing the trooper to fall to the ground. Best then struck the New York State Police vehicle that was parked in the driveway.
Best fled the area in the vehicle and was pursued by the Trooper and Investigator. Best then drove to a farm access road and into cornfield. She exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Best was located hiding in the cornfield and arrested.
Best was arraigned at the Bainbridge Town Court where she was remanded to the Chenango County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 property bond.