Pepper spray had no effect on arrest

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -  A follow up to a story we first told you about on 22News at 11 Tuesday night.

We now know who the man was that’s accused of assaulting a police officer while high on drugs. Springfield Police say he’s 25-year-old Jose Rivera.

Springfield Police Lt. David Martin told 22News that officers called for assistance to deal with what was described as “a man going crazy” at Jefferson Avenue and Dwight Streets at about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday. After several attempts to pick up Rivera, he became combative when officers had to use pepper spray which had no effect. It took four sets of handcuffs and leg shackles to control the suspect.

Sergeant John Delaney said Rivera is under police guard at Baystate Medical Center until he is stable enough to be arraigned.
Police believe Rivera was high on PCP Tuesday night when he injured the officer who was one of many policemen trying to arrest him.

Jose Rivera is charged with:

  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Assault & Battery on a Police Officer (two counts)
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Malicious Damage Over $250
  • Malicious Damage Over $250

Rivera was arrested in February with 425 bags of heroin.

Photos: July Mug Shots

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