JOHNSBURG — The North Creek man who was arrested for allegedly lying to police about being stuck on a Gore Mountain Ski Center ski lift overnight earlier this year has refused a plea deal offer and is headed to trial.
Isaac Hyde, 37, was offered a plea deal that would require he plead guilty to a noncriminal violation of disorderly conduct, with the misdemeanor count of making a false written statement dismissed as a condition of the plea.
His lawyer, Marc Zuckerman, said his client will not plead guilty to any charge and plans to take the case to a jury trial. Trial has been sent for Oct. 9 before acting Johnsburg Town Justice Eric Schwenker.
Hyde was arrested by State Police about three weeks after he claimed he spent the night of March 31-April 1 stuck on a lift during a small snowstorm. Hyde was on the lift and arrived at the top the morning of April 1, when ski center staff started it up, and he was cold and wet but did not require medical treatment.
Hyde is a former employee of Gore, and ski center management quickly doubted his story because procedures at the end of the day are to run the lifts to ensure no one remains on them. That led to a State Police investigation and Hyde’s arrest, despite the fact his lawyer says he has not deviated from his initial version of events.
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“He is adamant that he was on that lift all night and he did not lie to police,” he said. “I have seen all of their evidence. They have no evidence other than employees saying they followed protocol. That’s it.”
Warren County District Attorney Jason Carusone said his office was moving forward with pretrial motions in the case, and a trial will be held if necessary.
Gore is owned and operated by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, and Hyde has filed a lawsuit in the state Court of Claims against ORDA over the ordeal.
Zuckerman said his client did not initially intend to sue, but after he was arrested decided to go forward with civil action.