Springfield police: Chicopee man threatened to kill officers after he was arrested for 4th OUI

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A Chicopee man was arrested Monday night in Springfield after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol for the fourth time. 

According to Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, officers were on Boston Road for a report of a car accident at 9:30 p.m. when they saw a car try to make a right turn from the left lane and hit another car. 

Walsh said the car that was hit was forced onto the yard of a home on Boston Road, collided with a parked car in a driveway, and hit the front stairs of the home. The parked car that was hit also made contact with the home. 

When officers spoke to the driver that had turned into the other car, 44-year-old John Knox, they allegedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Walsh said Knox denied drinking and then shoved an officer. He then allegedly resisted arrest until he was placed in the back of the police car.

Walsh said after Knox was arrested officers saw a 24-ounce beer can in the back passenger seat that seemed to have spilled and was still cold. Officers also allegedly noticed an Ignition Interlock Device that seemed to be manipulated and modified. 

Knox then threatened to kill the officers, according to Walsh. 

He is facing the following charges:

  • 4th offense of OUI
  • assault and battery on a police officer
  • tampering with an Ignition Interlock Device
  • disorderly conduct
  • threat to commit a crime 
  • resisting arrest
  • possession of an open container of alcohol
  • citation for an improper turn
  • citation for failure to yield

Two adults and a small child that were in the in the car Knox allegedly hit were taken to Baystate Medical Center with minor injuries. 

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