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May 15, 2014

Police: Man, passed out, later puts up fight

NEW CASTLE — A man found passed out in his car later had to be subdued with a Taser, police reported.

New Castle officers charged James Matthew Wallace, 35, of 203 Dickson St. with aggravated assault and other offenses as a result of Sunday’s incident.

Police said they had found Wallace passed out behind the wheel of silver Pontiac with its engine running around 2 a.m. on North Mulberry Street on the Lower East Side.

The officer said the driver’s side window was down and he had tried to wake Wallace, who was unresponsive for about five minutes. When Wallace finally awoke, police said, he would not identify himself.

He got out of the car at the officer’s request, started staggering away and refused to stop, police said. He then spun around and tried to fight with the officer, then he tried to run, according to police.

The officer said he had deployed his Taser at Wallace, who dropped to the ground but struggled with police, yelling and screaming, as they tried to handcuff him.

The officer reported Wallace had tried to kick him as he put him into the cruiser. A check on his driver’s license showed it is suspended.

Wallace, who was taken to Jameson Hospital to have the Taser probes removed, continued to be combative and police had to wrestle him to the floor, they said, adding he ruined a chemical testing warnings form. He also refused a blood test.

He is charged with aggravated and simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment, driving under the influence, driving while his license is suspended and two counts of disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned before District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set his bond at $10,000.

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