ULYSSES, N.Y. — A 21-year-old driver from Phelps, New York, is facing several charges and violations after deputies say he exited a moving vehicle before it crashed into a tree.

At about 5:51 p.m. Friday, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1163 Taughannock Blvd. in Ulysses for a reported crash. A witness told deputies that they saw the driver exit their moving vehicle before it crashed into a tree. The witness stood nearby until law enforcement responded, a news release said.

The driver was identified as Mason A. Bowen, 21, of Phelps. Deputies say Bowen appeared to be “under the influence of some type of drug” and was punching and kicking at officers at the scene. Bowen was subsequently tasered, the sheriff’s office said, but continued to kick deputies after being handcuffed.

Bowen was transported to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment and later released.

Bowen was charged with resisting arrest, driving while ability impaired by drugs, no hands on wheel, reckless driving, unattended vehicle, failed to use designated lane, moved from lane unsafely and no seat belt.

He was released with an appearance ticket and is due to return July 23 to Town of Ulysses Court.

New York State Police assisted on the scene.

Kelsey O'Connor

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