Port Crane man faces DWI charges following domestic dispute

PORT CRANE, N.Y. – A local man named Robert Bertram is being charged with several misdemeanors following a domestic disturbance in Colesville. The 22-year-old was arrested by the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

On the morning hours of February 8, deputies answered a call regarding a domestic issue at a Circle Drive residence. Bertram reportedly arrived at the scene, exiting his vehicle and shouting at other residents.

Witnesses relayed that Bertram had heavily consumed alcohol, was agitated, left the house but kept coming back, causing a commotion, throwing objects, and consistently harassing the residents. During the initial investigation, deputies noted that Bertram remained verbally aggressive, and displayed signs of intoxication, such as poor balance. Bertram allegedly admitted to officers that he was drunk on several occasions.

Despite attempts to calm the situation, Bertram disregarded verbal instructions and attempts for de-escalation. As a result, he was arrested. Bertram reportedly fought off officers during his arrest but was eventually taken into custody where he allegedly continued to act erratically.

While in custody, Bertram allegedly refused all sobriety and chemical tests and continued to display aggressive behavior such as throwing his shoes and belt around a holding room and even stripping off all his clothes.

The charges against Bertram include misdemeanor drunk driving, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, along with several violations like harassment (physical contact), unsafely moving from a lane, unsafe starting of a vehicle, and refusal to take a breath test.

After his arraignment, Bertram was released on an appearance ticket and will face his charges at a later date in the Town of Colesville Court.

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