A Delaware County man faces charges after he allegedly drove a snowmobile through a fence and then continued to race around a paddock containing a horse until a property owner fired warning shots.

WILLEM JOOSSE (Photo provided by Delaware County Sheriff's Office)
WILLEM JOOSSE (Photo provided by Delaware County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities say 37-year-old Willem Joosse of Hobart was arrested after the incident, which happened around 7 p.m. Monday on County Highway 18 in the Town of Stamford.

Investigators say Joosse intentionally drove the snowmobile through the horse fence and raced around the horse paddock until he was confronted by residents.

During the argument, Joosse allegedly threatened a man and his wife. Police say 57-year-old Joseph Laskowski then went into his home to get a shotgun. When he returned, he allegedly fired shots into the air.

Joosse was charged with snowmobiling while intoxicated, criminal mischief and menacing. He also faces counts of trespass and operating an unregistered and uninsured snow mobile.

Laskowski was charged with second-degree menacing for firing the shotgun during the argument.

According to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, both men were issued appearance tickets for Stamford town court.

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