A 35-year-old Albany man was arrested for assaulting a police officer after he was spotted allegedly pushing an infant across Central Avenue in a stroller and nearly getting hit by a car.
According to reports, the officer spotted Lavar Houtman pushing the stroller across Central Avenue near Motel 6 on Thursday, May 5, at around 9:12 a.m.
During the interview process, Houtman was allegedly confrontational with the officer and denied he was pushing the stroller across Central Avenue and denied nearly getting hit by a motor vehicle.
“Lavar was intoxicated and appeared to be under the influence of other substances,” according to the arrest report. “Lavar was also pushing the tipping the stroller in a violent manner while speaking with officers as well as picking up V1 [the infant] and nearly dropping him several times.”
The arrest reports states “Lavar proved he was a danger to himself and others by crossing the street directly in front of traffic.”
The officer determined Lavar should go to Samaritan Hospital and as he was being handcuffed “for a safe transport” he allegedly bit the officer.
It was also determined the infant needed medical attention and was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Lavar stands charged with the felony of assaulting a police officer and the misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child.