BEVERLY — A Salem man was arrested yesterday after police said he assaulted a detail officer with his vehicle.
Officer Dave Costa said the incident began around 2:17 p.m., when an officer working a construction detail at Bow and Rantoul streets detected the scent of recently burned marijuana and believed it was coming from a light blue Toyota stopped at a nearby stop sign. The officer walked up to the vehicle and told the man inside to roll down his window, but the man ignored him, Costa said.
The officer opened the door to the vehicle, “and the smell of marijuana became stronger,” Costa said. The officer asked the man how much marijuana was in the vehicle, but again was ignored.
Then the officer asked the man — twice — to exit the vehicle, based on his belief that the driver was impaired, Costa said.
“At that point, the driver stepped on the gas and took off,” Costa said, adding that in the process the car’s door “closed on the officer’s hand.” The officer later complained of hand pain, but it was unclear whether he sought medical attention. He radioed in the description of the car, and another officer on Bridge Street saw it go by and gave pursuit.
Piotr Kociszewski, 19, of Salem was arrested just over the bridge into Salem, by Kernwood Avenue, on charges of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of failure to stop for police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, a stop sign violation, and a violation of the city’s knife ordinance.
No marijuana was found.