A Holyoke man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly punched a Chicopee police officer in the face as he was being placed in handcuffs.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News 28-year-old William Rivas has been charged with four counts of assault and battery on a police officer, OUI liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and operation with a revoked license.
Wilk said an officer was stopped at the red light the intersection of McKinstry Avenue and Granby Road at around 3:25 a.m. Saturday when he heard skidding tires and saw a car in his rear view mirror striking the curb several times. The car stopped next to the officer’s cruiser, at which point the officer got out and approached Rivas in the driver’s seat.
Wilk said the officer heard Rivas talking on the phone to someone, saying he drank beer and was using the car to drop someone off. Rivas was also allegedly overheard saying he had to go to court on April 22 for driving without a license.
Two officers tried to get Rivas out of the car after he allegedly threatened to harm himself. Wilk said Rivas began to resist and fight the officers after one handcuff was placed on his wrist. At one point, Wilk said one of the officers was punched in the face, causing that officer’s head to snap back and hit the other.
Rivas was finally taken into custody once of the officers deployed his taser after multiple warnings.
He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and was later released on $140 bail.
Wilk said the officers were treated at the site of the incident and were able to return to duty for the night.