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A 35-year-old Monroe Twp. man who struck a state trooper trying to arrest him in January for stealing a tractor pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated assault and theft by unlawful taking.

George Emerson Zacharias Jr., could face as much as 10 years in prison for the assault and seven more for the theft, Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff said.

Court records note that the tractor’s owner reported that he saw his missing machine doing doughnuts in a baseball field near Plattsburg Road in Monroe Twp. when state police were called in.

They saw two people come out of the woods near a house on Star Hill Road, where they last saw the tractor, and ordered them to stop.

A woman did. A man, later identified as Zacharias, ran back into the woods.

State police followed the footprints he left behind in the snow for one mile before apprehending Zacharias who fought against his arrest and swung his elbow into the left side of Trooper Cody Scepaniak’s face.

A syringe and spoon, common items used to prepare and inject narcotics, were found in Zacharias’ pants pocket.

Zacharias will be sentenced at a later date.