WORCESTER – A Worcester man was arrested after running from police officers, elbowing an officer in the face, and being found with cocaine and synthetic marijuana.
According to the Worcester Police Department [WPD], 27-year-old Erwin Vera, of Merrifiled St, was with another man standing near an abandoned van in a parking lot near Pleasant St. and Newbury St.. The lot was marked “No Trespassing.”
The officer saw Vera clench his hand and put it in his pocket. When asked to show his hands, Vera refused. The officer grabbed Vera’s arm to prevent him from removing a weapon.
Vera threw an elbow at the officer’s face and ran away.
The officer chased Vera south on Newbury St toward Pleasant St. and Vera began throwing several small objects on the ground.
When the officer caught up to Vera, he threw another elbow at the officer’s face. The officer was able to bring Vera to the ground, but Vera continued fighting.
Vera grabbed the officer’s duty belt and removed the officer’s baton. The officer was able to recover the baton as the struggle continued on the ground.
Other officers arrived and Vera was placed in handcuffs.
The officer went back to recover the items Vera threw on the ground and found a bag of “K2” synthetic marijuana, and another bag of what appeared to be powder cocaine, a class B substance.
Vera was charged with Disarming a Police Officer, Assault and Battery on a Public Official, Possession of a Class C Substance, Possession of a Class B Substance, Resisting Arrest, Trespass, Disturbing the Peace, and Disorderly Conduct.
He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court.
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