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Police: Man Tussles with Officer in Wantagh During Arrest

North Babylon man charged with assault and illegal drug charges following struggle with police officer on Beverly Road early Thursday morning.

Nassau County detectives charged a North Babylon man with assault and possession of illegal drugs following a struggle with a police officer on Beverly Road in Wantagh Thursday morning. 

According to detectives, around 12:04 a.m., Detrick Stewart, 40, of North Babylon, was observed operating a 1993 Acura southbound on Beverly Road in Wantagh with a fractured windshield. The vehicle was stopped by police and Stewart was observed reaching under the driver's seat.

Stewart was removed from the vehicle and instructed to remove his hands from his jacket pockets. However, he instead attempted to reach for his right pocket, police said.

According to police, a struggle ensued and both Stewart and the officer fell to the ground. Stewart attempted to kick the officer, but was eventually placed into custody. A knife was recovered from Stewart’s pocket.

The officer sustained a laceration to his hand and a contusion to his knee. He was removed to a local hospital and was treated and released for his injuries.

According to police, during a search of the vehicle, officers recovered bags containing what appeared to be cocaine and crack cocaine, along with numerous pills believed to be Oxycodone.

Stewart is charged with second-degree assault, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle with a fractured windshield. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Friday.

Andrew Coen January 27, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Please keep comments civil or we will shut down the thread. Thank you. - Andrew Coen Wantagh-Seaford Patch Editor
Rob Longiaru January 27, 2012 at 02:19 PM
the cars are probably old-unuasble squad cars and they bought a graphics wrap for it...this is hardly overspending
Diane Stephan January 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
WTF? This article was about cops taking down a drug dealer in our backyard and you people are arguing about trailers and teachers salaries. I salute the cops for taking scum like this guy down. God Bless.
Lorraine DeVita February 02, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Supply and demand - Drug dealers are around because there are customers! If people, teens etc werent USING then the drug dealers wouldnt find the impetus to be in our area. Parenting is tough however if you dont know if your kid is a user then perhaps there are issues that need to be addressed. Again, if people werent using in the area then the drug dealers wouldnt be here. This needs to be addressed in the home & the schools.. Who's buying the product? Someone is....
Mike Giardina February 06, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hey Elmo......there are alot more uglier things out there we should be getting rid of.

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