UPS driver, off-duty cop help arrest suspect

SARANAC LAKE – A UPS truck driver and an off-duty police officer helped apprehend a man who tried to run away from a state trooper after the trooper tried to break up a fight on Main Street.

Ray Brook-based state police said Trooper John Moody was driving through downtown Saranac Lake around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when he observed a fight in progress between two men in front of Blue Line Sports and T.F. Finnigan’s clothing store.

Moody turned on the lights in his patrol vehicle, got out and tried to break up the fight. That’s when police say one of the men, Derrick J. Besio, 24, or Rainbow Lake, tried to flee the scene on foot.

Corey Howe, a UPS driver, and Heather Kennedy, an off-duty Tupper Lake village police officer, chased after Besio, caught him and detained him. He was handcuffed by Moody after a brief struggle on the ground, police said. A pair of village police officers then showed up at the scene to assist.

Besio was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released on appearance tickets for village court.

Police said Besio and the other man were fighting over “a mutual friend” and refused to pursue criminal charges against each other, police said.

Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason said he was grateful that Howe and Kennedy stepped in to help out.

“Sometimes that’s what happens when a police officer comes upon something like this, so we’re very thankful for the help that anybody provides,” he said.