A man approached by police early Sunday morning while acting suspiciously fought with authorities before finally being tased and apprehended, police said Monday.
Sgt. Adrian Novia, patrol supervisor, was on patrol on the West Side near Perry Street and Taylor Street when he observed several males sitting along a rockwall, police said. As Novia passed, one of the males appeared to attempt to hide something behind the rockwall, according to authorities.
Novia exited his vehicle and approached the group, allegedly smelling burning PCP as he approached the group, police said. Authorities said a man identified as Wayne Johnson, 43, of Oak Hill St., continued to attempt to hide something behind the wall, and then wouldn't leave his hands out of his pockets while being addressed, police said.
After a patdown of Johnson, Novia allegedly found a quantity of PCP in Johnson's pocket, police alleged. At this point Novia reportedly called for backup and Johnson took that as his cue to attempt to flee the scene, police said.
Johnson and Novia allegedly began to struggle and continued to wrestle until additional units arrived, police said. After several attempts to have Johnson comply with their orders and his continual refusal to do so, police alleged they were forced to tase Johnson.
Novia was reportedly injured during the struggle with a severly-sprained thumb and scrapes or bruises to both knees and an elbow.
Johnson was charged with possession of a hallucinogen, sale of certain illegal drugs, interfering with an officer/reisting and assault on a police officer. He was held on $75,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on August 31, 2012.
John Thomas Brown, 25, of Pine Hill Ave., was charged early Monday morning with illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under suspension and failure to obey traffic control signals.
Jean Carlos DeJesus, 19, of Orchard St., was charged early Monday morning with two counts of second-degree failure to appear.
Nahum Arturo Herrera, 21, of Garden St., was charged Sunday afternoon with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and violation of a protective order.
Joseph Luis Longo, 30, of Woodside Green, was charged Sunday evening with disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief and interfering with an emergency call.
Joseph James Raggi, 30, of Leroy Place, was charged Sunday night with second-degree failure to appear.
John Edward Walker, 51, of Cascade Ct., was charged Sunday evening with disorderly conduct.