Man charged with assaulting trooper released

GREENE – The Greene man who allegedly assaulted a New York State Trooper in May was released to the custody of his mother Monday following a bail review.

Derek W. Coviello faces felony assault and criminal mischief charges in relation to an incident which took place on May 20 in the Village of Greene.

According to the New York State Police, they were alerted to a problem by Coviello’s parents, who called 911 to report their son was “extremely paranoid” and “having a panic attack.” When law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, they discovered the 38-year old man with bricks in hand, banging on the doors of residences along North Chenango Street and then on the glass doors of the Citizens Bank at the thoroughfare’s intersection with Genesee Street.

Troopers Christopher D. Marinelli and Charles Tuttle attempted to subdue Coviello, first with pepper spray and then by using a taser. Neither method proved successful, and a physical altercation ensued during which Marinelli was struck in the head with the bricks.

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