DRYDEN, N.Y. – A Dryden man is facing charges after an attempted assault on a New York State Police Officer in July, according to police.

Alexander J. Hale was arrested by NYSP officers on July 16 after he was accused of threatening a woman with a baseball bat during a domestic dispute.

While the woman was in her car, police say Hale allegedly took the bat and struck the vehicle on the hood and the rear driver side. Police also reported that he intentionally cut phone wires to prevent the woman from making any outbound calls during the dispute.

Following his arrest, Hale attempted to flee during his arraignment in the Town of Dryden Court, according to NYSP Sgt. Michael Soroka.

“After he was arraigned, (Hale) took off running with a trooper right behind him,” Soroka said. “Eventually the trooper did catch up with him.”

Soroka added that Hale head-butted the trooper while he was attempting to flee.

While Hale has since been released from Tompkins County Jail for his original charges, he has since been charged with additional crimes. He is now facing charges of second-degree attempted escape and third-degree attempted assault. Soroka said had the trooper been injured because of Hale, the defendant would be facing more serious charges.

Soroka said Hale surrendered himself on Monday just after 11 a.m. and was given an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to re-appear in the Town of Dryden Court on August 7.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.