Crime

Ex-federal prison guard accused of hitting police detective with car

A former federal prison guard is facing an assault charge for allegedly hitting a state police detective with his car.

Dustan W. Lair, 27, of Monticello is charged with third-degree assault, reckless driving, driving under the influence, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, impersonating a police officer, criminal mischief and having no insurance, state police said in a news release.

The alleged assault happened shortly after noon Tuesday in Monticello, when state police detective Doug Boyd pulled over a 2006 Cadillac that Lair was driving recklessly, state police said in a news release.

Lair showed Boyd a U.S. Bureau of Prisons identification card and said he was a corrections officer, according to the news release.

However, when officers asked him to get out of his car, Lair accelerated and turned to the left, hitting Boyd. Boyd suffered minor injuries but was able to join other officers in chasing Lair, according to the news release.

Lair drove through several yards and then tried to get away on foot, but police caught him.

Federal prison officials said Lair had been a prison guard at one time, but he was not currently employed, according to the news release.

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