23 July 2020

Major Michael J. Drake
Troop K Commander

Canaan, New York – On July 22, 2020, the New York State Police arrested Bradley R. Straley, age 37, of Washington, NY, for Attempted Arson in the 2nd degree, a class C felony.

At approximately 4:00 PM, on July 22, 2020, Troop T patrols responded for a call of a reported arson at the Canaan Toll Plaza located on Interstate 90 in the town of Canaan, Columbia County.  An investigation revealed a recently terminated NYS Thruway employee, Bradley R. Straley, attempted to light an occupied NYS Thruway vehicle on fire.  Straley fled the scene prior to the arrival of patrols, and was subsequently taken into custody by Troop K patrols on the Taconic State Parkway. No one was injured.

Straley was arraigned virtually before the city of Hudson court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $15,000 bond.  He is next scheduled to appear before the court on July 28, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.


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