Man allegedly menaces trooper with billy club

KENNEDY, N.Y. (WIVB) – A southern tier man allegedly menaced a state trooper with a billy club who was trying to interview him regarding an incident involving his neighbors.

State Police were called to Kennedy on Sunday on reports of a man driving on Poland Center Road who was yelling at residents. Officers found William Swanson at his home and say when the 58-year-old answered the door, he had a billy club in his hand and menaced a state trooper.

Swanson was arrested and taken to the police barracks, where his BAC was reportedly .26 percent – more than three times the legal limit.

He has been charged with felony menacing a police officer, felony DWI, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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