Chicopee officer stuck with needle while making arrest

Adam Romaniak of Springfield arrested after incident at cemetery

Adam Romaniak, 24, of Springfield faces trespassing, assault, and heroin charges following an incident at the Cavalry Cemetery on January 28. Image Courtesy: Chicopee Police Department

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)- A Chicopee police officer had to go to the hospital, after becoming stuck with a needle while making an arrest last week.

According to Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk, Adam Romaniak, 24, of Springfield, was arrested on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, heroin possession, and trespassing in connection with the incident at Calvary Cemetery early on the morning of January 28.

Wilk says that around 5:00 A.M., police noticed fresh tire tracks leading into the cemetery, which is closed during the overnight and early morning hours. Police went inside, where they discovered a running car. Police checked on Romaniak, who was inside the car, and found “packaging materials consistent with heroin.”

Wilk says it turned out that Romaniak had three warrants out, and the police went to arrest him. He says that Romaniak was asked whether he had anything on his person that could harm the police, to which he responded that he did not. But while patting him down, an officer was stuck by a needle that was inside Romaniak’s pocket.

The officer was taken to the Baystate Medical Center emergency room for treatment, and was released.

In posting the item on the department’s official Facebook page, Wilk wrote “We are posting this arrest to also show one of the dangers officers face when dealing with arrests with heroin and needles.”

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