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Merrimack Valley

October 24, 2012

Man charged with assault on officer, resisting arrest

NORTH ANDOVER — A Bridges Lane man was arrested Monday afternoon after punching an officer in the face after resisting to be taken into protective custody.

Justin Cammarata, 30, of 101 Bridges Lane, was arraigned yesterday in Lawrence District Court and agreed to be held until Wednesday, when he is scheduled to return to court.

Police responded to his home after his parents called police, saying Cammarata was intoxicated and giving the family a hard time, according to a police report.

Cammarata would not cooperate with police. According to the report, police told Cammarata he was going to be placed into protective custody and not arrested.

“We managed to get the handcuffs on his left hand and at that time, he punched Sgt. (John) Pickard in the face with his right hand,” a police report read.

Pickard immediately used his service baton to strike Cammarata in the thigh to try to get him under control, according to the report.

Police were only able to get him under control after using pepper spray. He was transported to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment.

Cammarata was charged with assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Pickard sustained an injury to his left hand during the struggle, but he did not seek treatment, according to police.

The following items were taken from area police logs for Monday:

ANDOVER

Vandalism: Wabanaki Way, 8:35 a.m.

Vandalism: South Main Street, 10:02 a.m.

LAWRENCE

Break: 31 Garfield St., home broken into while resident while on vacation, entry gained through a back door where a lock was tampered with, stolen was a Mac computer, DVD player, flat screen TV, assorted change and more, 11:14 p.m.

Car break: 8 Hancock St., 1995 black Honda sedan, ignition and steering column damage, 9 p.m.

METHUEN

Hit and run: Man reported yellow cab hit his vehicle and left, 35 East Brook Place, 9 a.m.

Larceny: Caller reported lottery book missing, 12 Haverhill St., 9:37 a.m.

Larceny: Woman reported jewelry taken, 13 Pinedale Ave., 12:15 p.m.

Crash: Multiple vehicles, 302 Broadway, 5:12 p.m.

Burglary: Woman reported a man with a key stole a safe, 56 Ayer St., 6:24 p.m.

Larceny: M an reported four men took items from his truck, 3 Closson Court, 6:32 p.m.

Breaking and entering: 49 Gaston St., 8:35 p.m.

NORTH ANDOVER

Car break: Waverly Road, 9:41 a.m.

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