Police: Man intentionally rammed police car

Mateunas

State police said a deadly crash in the town of Springfield last week appears to have been intentional.

Matthew All, 23, Sharon Springs, was declared dead at the scene after crashing head-on into a vehicle occupied by Deputy James Mateunas of the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office on May 21.

“All of our evidence indicated there was no attempt at braking, no attempt at swerving. It appears to be intentional,” said Capt. Scott Heggelke of the Criminal Investigation Bureau at Troop C.

Troopers confronted All in his vehicle after receiving a complaint that he was harassing and then threatening a woman with a knife. Police did not identify the woman, but Heggelke said she was a coworker of All’s.

Police have not released details of the events preceding the initial incident, and All had no significant criminal history, Heggelke said.

All took off eastbound on U.S. Route 20, pursued by troopers, and crossed into oncoming traffic before striking Mateunas’ patrol car, which was stopped with emergency signals activated, near the intersection with state Route 80.

All was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, Heggelke said. A coroner’s report revealed he died of multiple traumatic blunt force injuries.

Mateunas, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact, was transported from the scene to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, where he was still recovering as this week, according to Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin.

“It’s baby steps, but I would say he’s improving,” he said.

Devlin said law enforcement officials are keenly aware of the risks they may encounter in the line of duty.

“We do it every day,” he said.

Troopers are wrapping up the investigation and do not expect to produce further updates, Heggelke said. 

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.