A Springfield police officer was taken to the hospital after being assaulted by a man who was allegedly on PCP.
Police responded to the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Dwight Street about 8 p.m. Tuesday. They were greeted by a group of approximately 50 people who pointed them in the direction of a man that was wearing only a pair of shorts and was out of control, Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said.
People from the crowd told officers to be cautious while approaching the heavy-set man, who attempted to hide underneath an SUV parked on Dwight Street. Some witnesses told police the man was on the drug known as "dust," Delaney said.
When police approached the man he was lying face down in a puddle making grunting noises. Officers asked him to show his hands, but he refused. When they attempted to pick the man up he became combative, Delaney said.
Police used their pepper spray on the man, but it had no effect on him.
"The officers were able to get one handcuff on his wrist, but the crazed individual was able to bend the handcuffs," Delaney said. "It took four sets of handcuffs strung together along with leg shackles to get this man under control."
Police believed that he was under the influence of PCP so they had him transported to a local hospital where he was under police guard, Delaney said.
The officer who was sent to the hospital was treated for a separated shoulder. He was treated and released Tuesday night.
Police charged 25-year-old Jose Rivera, of 34 Terrance St., Springfield, with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was also charged with breaking and entering and malicious damage over $250 after he broke into his girlfriend's residence and broke her sink, Delaney said.
Furthermore, River was charged with another count of malicious damage over $250 for breaking car mirrors up and down Dwight Street before police arrived, he said.
Rivera was arrested in February for possession of heroin with intent to distribute and carrying a firearm following a traffic stop in front of 80 State St. He was in possession of 425 bags of heroin, Delaney said.
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