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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Assault Warrant Issued For Schenectady Cop, Darren Lawrence

NEWS10 may have had the exclusive story about a Schenectady police officer’s bizarre crash and fight on the Northway, but they were unable to obtain the officer’s name. One of Upstream’s reliable sources has told us that it is Officer Darren Lawrence. Lawrence was picked up on a felony arrest warrant yesterday afternoon by the Colonie PD. Apparently, Lawrence has a temper and had an altercation with another Schenectady police officer a few weeks ago.

Here is NEWS10’s story:

A Schenectady Police officer is under investigation for his involvement in a bizarre crash on the Northway. NEWS10 has learned that the officer, who was off-duty at the time, could face very serious charges.

This all happened in Colonie, and police there are still trying to sort out exactly what happened.

NEWS10's John McLoughlin has this exclusive story.

It happened early Saturday morning, just north of Watervliet-Shaker Road. The vehicle, with a Schenectady Police officer, and another person inside, struck a guardrail on the Northway, sending the car airborne, then rolling over into a ditch filled with water.
Sources say the two occupants then got into a fight over whether to notify Colonie Police.

Read the rest of the story.

Schenectady’s Police Department has had serious problems for years. We have written about them before. Maybe Schenectady should hire Albany Police Chief, Jim Tuffey, for awhile to straighten things out.


  • Dan: It is not too difficult to figure out what is going on here. The "other" person that was beaten up went for help, correct? The Schenctady Police Officer left the scene of the accident and did not talk to police for days. Why did he not report it to police? to his supervisor? or go to the hospital? Did he have bloodwork done? None of the above.

    The PO is also a Peace Officer. They are to help and protect people on and off duty. An off duty Albany PO was involved in a crash and Tuffey took care of it. The investigation unfolded in the the press. NOT HERE. No secrets. Great job, Jim.

    Geraci is the Chief in Schenectady and was formally with the Colonie PD for years. Humm? Tight lipped, you bet. This is a shame how they are trying to twist this. If the PO was not driving and was beaten up, why did he not report it? Also, let's see if his recent and previous fights come out in the press.
    Good reporting, Dan.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:46 AM  

  • The Schenectady PD has become a big joke. I think it needs investigation from the outside-- once again. I didn't know Geraci was involved with the Colonie PD. That does seem to explain why this story is taking forever to unfold in the press.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 11:02 AM  

  • i know him from h.s......lawrence is one of those with "cop muscles" got a bad attitude when he got his badge........used to be a quiet so much...might want to look into his gambling too

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:06 PM  

  • It's troubling that a felony arrest warrant was issued but never used and instead he was arrested on a misdemeanor.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 4:40 AM  

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