Driver who State Police say intentionally hit, killed State Trooper on I-81 near Binghamton arraigned

Published 05/29 2014 05:44PM

Updated 05/29 2014 11:54PM

Chenango (WSYR-TV) - The driver of a truck who State Police say intentionally hit and killed a State Trooper on Thursday has been arraigned in the Town of Chenango Court.

60-year-old Almond Upton of Melrose, Florida has been charged with Murder in the 1st Degree and was taken to the Broome County Jail without bail.

Inside the courtroom, the only time NewsChannel 9 heard from Upton was after Justice Honorable Thorold Smith asked if he had any questions about the 1st degree murder charge and he answered, "No your honor."

Outside the courtroom, as police led him away, Upton told our reporter, "I was two miles from the Connecticut border and all of a sudden I'm in Binghamton, New York and this cop got killed. I don't know how it happened, but it had to be a time warp, honestly."

Upton made statements to police that he intended to hit the officer, officials said at a news conference.

Trooper Christopher G. Skinner was killed instantly when he was hit by the truck during a traffic stop.

More: Read about Trooper Christopher G. Skinner

Upton was driving a 2014 Toyota Tacoma northbound at a high rate of speed, according to police.

Police say Upton intentionally side-swiped two other vehicles on I-81. One of those drivers suffered minor injuries.

Upton purposely changed lanes to hit Trooper Skinner, according to police.

He then ran into the woods and was taken into custody an hour later, police said. He was not wearing clothes at the time.

A police dog tracked him in the woods and a helicopter spotted him, police said.

Police said Upton did not appear to be drunk or on drugs.

Police said he has one prior arrest for DWI in 2008 from Clay County, Florida.

Upton told police he was traveling to Connecticut to visit his mother.

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