An Ausable man is in State Police custody after he rammed a vehicle occupied by parole officers and intentionally struck one of the officers with a farm tractor. A parole officer was making a routine visit to the residence of Kip R. Banker, 609 Allen Hill Road, age 45, when he fled into the woods after a possible violation was discovered. Banker was later spotted around 1:30 p.m. driving a Ford farm tractor on Allen Hill Road and officers attempted to stop him. Banker continued west on a dirt road and intentionally rammed a vehicle that was occupied by three parole officers. The officers got out of their vehicle and Banker intentionally struck one parole officer and attempted to strike another. Officers fired an undisclosed number of rounds at Banker, but he was not struck. Banker drove away and fled on foot into a wooded area near his residence. An organized search was conducted by State Troopers, Clinton County Sheriff's deputies, State Police K9, and State Police Aviation. Banker was apprehended around 2:59 p.m. without incident.
One parole officer was transported to CVPH in Plattsburgh where he was treated for a bruised thigh and later released.
Charges against Banker are pending the completion of the joint investigation by the New York State Police, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.