ORLEANS COUNTY, N.Y. — Carlos Botello, 42, of Kendall is facing an attempted murder charge.
Police say on Tuesday night, he was driving erratically on Route 18 in Yates when Trooper Dan Metz attempted to stop the vehicle.
Police say Botello was only driving on three tires, and his front right tire was missing. When he was being pulled over, police say he took off, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour. He eventually stopped.
"Trooper Metz exited his vehicle and started to approach the suspect's vehicle. At that point, the driver put the car in reverse and accelerated very quickly at the trooper, attempting to strike the trooper. The trooper was able to jump out of the way. The vehicle ended up striking the troop car," said Public Information Officer Victor Morales, Troop A.
Police say Botello then drove off. He was arrested shortly after, when he left his car and tried to run.
"Last evening, Carlos Botello was arraigned in the town of Yates, charged with attempted murder. He was also charged with Driving While Intoxicated and fleeing from an officer and other vehicle and traffic defenses," said District Attorney Joseph Cardone, Orleans County.
Cardone said Botello, who is on parole, is being held in Orleans County Jail on $250,000 bail. He said the investigation into this incident is continuing.
Morales said this case also shows the importance of the Move Over Law, because Trooper Metz jumped into the road to avoid being hit by Botello.
"We want to make sure people do slow down and this is exactly why, because that trooper had to jump out of the way, which means he probably had to jump into the roadway," said Morales.
Morales said Trooper Metz was not injured. He said he feels his training saved his life.