19 March 2020
 
  
 NEW YORK STATE POLICE
 Major James C. Michael
 Troop F Commander
 

  
PRESS RELEASE
 
UPDATE:  On March 17, 2020, State Police Liberty arrested James Freer, age 44 of Livingston Manor for a rear end collision that occurred on February 10, 2020 on State Route 17 in the town of Rockland. Freer was arrested after an extensive investigation including numerous interviews conducted by the New York State Police Liberty Bureau of Investigation (BCI).  Freer was charged with Making a False Written Statement and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd Degree (both misdemeanors). He was issued numerous tickets for Vehicle and Traffic Law Violations to include: Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Driving on Shoulder, Failed to Yield Right of Way to an Emergency Vehicle, Moved From Lane Unsafely, Driver View Obstructed and Failure to Keep Right. Along with the afore mentioned tickets, Freer was also issued  appearance tickets for the misdemeanors, all returnable to the Town of Rockland Court on April 30, 2020.
 
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State Police are investigating a rear end collision that occured on February 10, 2020 at on State Route 17 westbound in the town of Rockland. At approximately 6:15 p.m. a trooper from the Liberty barracks just stopped a vehicle traveling westbound for a vehicle and traffic law violation. The trooper spoke with the operator of the vehicle and returned to his vehicle. As the trooper was stepping out of his vehicle to issue the citation, he heard a radio transmission and shut the door to his vehicle to listen to the transmission, seconds later the trooper’s vehicle was struck in the rear and side pushing into the stopped vehicle. The trooper was transported to Orange Regional Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. He was treated and released. The person who struck the trooper’s vehicle was not injured nor was the operator of the vehicle that the trooper initially stopped. This crash still remains under investigation.
 
 

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