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November 20, 2013

Man accused of kicking 2 North Andover police officers

NORTH ANDOVER — A man arrested on multiple charges Sunday night kicked two police officers, one in the groin, the other in the thigh, according to a report filed with Lawrence District Court.

Casey Paxton, 36, of 14 Royal Crest Drive, pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, witness intimidation and disturbing the peace Monday. Lawrence District Court Judge Michael Brooks released Paxton on his own recognizance pending a pretrial hearing Jan. 22.

Police were called to Paxton’s home at 9:44 p.m. to investigate a disturbance. When police arrived, Paxton was “extremely intoxicated,” according to a report filed by Officer Jay Staude. He allegedly threatened his wife that she would be deported if she called police, Staude wrote.

After police handcuffed Paxton and began to lead him from his third-floor apartment to a cruiser, he struggled, causing Staude and Officer Michael Gilligan to tumble down the stairs, according to Staude’s report.

Gilligan’s head and neck struck a wall during the incident. Paxton then kicked Staude in the groin and Gilligan in the thigh, Staude wrote.

Paxton continued to yell and threatened to sue the officers as they led him to the cruiser, according to Staude’s report. Residents were looking out their windows at the commotion, he wrote.

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