EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 4, 2013

Salem man faces many charges after traffic stop

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie

---- — SALEM — A driver became combative after being stopped on South Broadway Tuesday evening and had to be shot with a Taser before he could be taken into custody.

But that was after Randy Brown, 46, of Salem allegedly used his car keys to stab a police officer in the hand, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.

Brown was stopped at 109 S. Broadway just after 9 p.m. for speeding and reckless driving. He told the officer his license had been revoked for DWI.

The officer confirmed the information, Patten said, then asked Brown to step out of his car. By then, another officer had arrived at the scene.

Brown refused to get out of the car, Patten said, so the officers reached into the vehicle to remove him. That’s when things got physical, according to police. Brown, 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds, became combative and used his keys to stab one of the officers in the hand, Patten said. He is charged with two counts of simple assault with bodily injury, resisting arrest, driving revocation and some motor vehicle infractions.

Brown was still in custody at the jail yesterday afternoon.

He allegedly tried to stab and punch both officers before police used a Taser to subdue him.

Even then, Brown continued to fight and spat at both officers, police said.

The two officers were treated at the scene for cuts and scrapes. The officer who was stabbed in the hand was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry for treatment, including a tetanus shot.

Brown refused bail and was taken to the county jail, pending arraignment.