Would-be good Samaritan back in New York jail on drug charge

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Posted: Jun 18, 2015 11:30 AM

GENESEE FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A man whose failed good Samaritan gesture landed him in jail is back behind bars.

Police in Wyoming County say 31-year-old Christopher Ratcliffe was trying to get donations for a non-existent foundation on June 8, the same day he tried to free a man whose leg was trapped under a riding mower.

Police say Ratcliffe attempted to free the man by pulling the mower with a rope attached to Ratcliffe's vehicle. Ratcliffe drove forward instead of backward and knocked the man and mower over a 12-foot embankment. The mower landed on the man, who suffered minor injuries.

Ratcliffe was ticketed for an uninsured, uninspected and unregistered vehicle. Police say he was later caught with a bag of marijuana.

He's in the county jail Thursday. Authorities say he doesn't have an attorney.