PERU - A Clinton County man was taken into custody Wednesday after he attacked parole officers with a tractor, police say.
Ray Brook-based state police said in a press release that Kip R. Banker, 45, of 609 Allen Hill Road in the town of AuSable, fled into the woods when a parole officer stopped by his residence for a routine visit. Baker, who is on parole, was spotted driving a Ford farm tractor on Allen Hill Road at about 1:30 p.m., and he fled on the tractor down a dirt road when parole officers attempted to stop him.
Police said Banker then intentionally rammed a vehicle occupied by three parole officers. The officers got out of the car, and Banker hit and injured one of them with the tractor and tried to strike another. Officers fired an undisclosed number of shots at Banker, but he was not hit. He continued to flee on the tractor, eventually abandoning it and fleeing on foot into a wooded area near his residence.
Banker was apprehended at 2:59 p.m. following an organized search that involved state police, Clinton County Sheriff's deputies, a state police K-9 unit and a state police helicopter.
An injured parole officer was transported to the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, where he was treated for a bruised thigh and released.
Police said Banker will be charged after a joint investigation by state police, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Clinton County district attorney's office is completed.