A 30-year-old Woburn man allegedly attacked a Massachusetts State Police trooper Friday morning after getting into a minor rear-end crash on Route 93 South in Medford.
Nassive Palmer had a warrant out for his arrest for assault and battery, police said. The warrant had been issued Wednesday in Boston.
At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Palmer allegedly rear ended another driver. After Palmer was uncooperative with Trooper Nicolo Falco in the breakdown lane, he allegedly tried to drive away from the scene.
Falco, knowing Palmer had a warrant, prevented him from fleeing, police said. At that time, Palmer became combative, attempting to push himself away from Falco while he was being handcuffed and flailing his arms and striking Falco with his elbows, according to police. During the struggle, the two men fell onto the hood of Palmer’s van and then onto the guardrail, police said.
Trooper Paul O’Connor then arrived on scene, and the two troopers were able to get Palmer into a cruiser. Palmer then kicked out one of the cruiser’s windows, before he was finally restrained with help from a third trooper, police said.
Palmer was charged with assault and battery on a police officer (two counts), malicious destruction of property over $250 and resisting arrest.
Palmer sustained minor cuts to his face from glass from the broken window. He was treated at the scene and refused further medical attention. Two of the troopers at the scene sought medical attention after the incident.