Police Log: Car Passenger Waves Over Police, Fights Five Officers
Disorderly man ungrateful after officer checks on his safety.
An officer who stopped a car thinking a passenger might need some help wound up needing assistance of his own Tuesday when the man proved unruly and intoxicated instead of in distress.
On June 26 at about 1:06 a.m., while Woonsocket Police Officer Timothy Greene was patrolling the area of East School Street and Rathbun Street he observed a Black Ford SUV. As the vehicle passed by, he noticed a man in the passenger seat motioning to him.
"Out of concern for the passenger, I turned around and initiated a motor vehicle stop to check on the condition of the operator as well as the passenger," Greene wrote in his report.
Greene pulled the vehicle over on Mill Street before the entrance to the Mill Street Condo complex. As he approached the vehicle, he immediately noticed the odor of alcohol coming from the passenger section of the SUV. The vehicle had two men and two women in it, including the driver.
The driver, Lynn Archambault, 44, said the group had just left a family gathering and were fine. Greene asked the front seat passenger, Kenneth Michael Beauchesne, 27, of 435 Chapel St., Burriville, for his name and ID. Beauchesne's response: "Go f*** yourself."
Greene asked again, and Beauchesne replied, "You can suck my d***." Greene said Beauchesne appeared intoxicated, with glassy eyes and slurred speech. He asked Beauchesne to get out of the SUV and began a pat down of Beauchesne, who struggled during the process.
Beauchesne continued to struggle, striking Greene in the chest and legs. Greene struck him in the face and ribs, and also used his tazer to subdue Beauchesne, with no effect.
Greene attempted to use his tazer on Beauchesne again, but he swung his arm at the wires, snapping them and rendering the tazer ineffective.
At this point, two other officers arrived to help restrain Beauchesne, but they were unable to subdue him. A fourth officer arrived and attempted to use pepper spray on him, but Beauchesne kicked the can out of the officer's hand.
A fifth officer showed up on the scene with another tazer and used it on Beauchesne, finally subduing him.
Greene suffered swelling in his hand and minor scratches from the incident. Beauchesne was arrested and was charged with three counts of simple assault, one count of resisting arrest and one count of disorderly conduct.