20 July 2020
 
 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Ruben A. Oliver
Troop B Commander
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 

On July 19, 2020, at approximately 10 p.m., State Police observed a 2015 Hyundai Accent parked and running in the Valcour rest area in the town of Peru, with a female unconscious in the driver’s seat. The investigating trooper also observed several open containers of alcoholic beverages inside the vehicle.  The female was awakened and identified as 33-year-old Victoria J. Blowers of Crown Point.

Blowers refused to exit the vehicle. She then attempted to drive away, striking a trooper with her car before leaving the scene. She drove north onto I-87 through the towns of Peru, Plattsburgh and Beekmantown.  Blowers drove into the city of Plattsburgh after exiting I-87 at exit 40.  She stopped on Halsey Court and when troopers approached her vehicle, she again struck the trooper with her car and sped off. She was stopped again in the Kinney’s parking lot on Boynton Avenue in the city of Plattsburgh. Blowers refused to comply with commands to exit her vehicle, and a trooper deployed his Division-issued taser. Blowers was then taken into custody.

The injured trooper was transported to the University of Vermont Healthcare Network at the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh where he was treated and released. Blowers was also transported to CVPH for a report of leg numbness and chest pain. She was evaluated and released. Blowers refused to submit to testing to determine the alcohol and/or drug content of her blood. Blowers was charged with Assault 2nd degree, Assault 3rd degree, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree, and DWI. She was arraigned by the Black Brook Town Court and remanded to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail. She is to appear in the Peru Town Court and the Plattsburgh City Court at later dates.

 

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