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The Batavia man who dragged a deputy with his car is sentenced to seven years in state prison today in county court.

Scott Kopper, 37, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in May. He’s a second felony offender so the maximum sentence was handed down.

Back in January, Deputy Brian Thompson was trying to arrest Kopper on a parole violation. His arm got caught in Kopper’s window as the deputy tried to prevent him from fleeing, and Kopper took off in his vehicle, potentially seriously injuring Deputy Thompson.

He walked away with just scrapes and bruises. Assistant District Attorney Robert Zickl said that was only because it was a day after the blizzard and Kopper’s tires could only turn so fast on the slick road. He said on a dry surface Kopper would have been going 70-80 miles per hour "immediately."

Kopper’s attorney said that Kopper turned to drugs after his father passed away, disrupting the life of the college educated volunteer firefighter and EMT.

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