By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
---- — SALEM — A Dracut man faces numerous charges after he allegedly assaulted a police officer twice Sunday evening.
Officer Nick Turner stopped Corey Welch, 22, at 5:17 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Route 38 and Delaware Drive for motor vehicle infractions.
Welch allegedly provided police with false information about his identity. But Turner figured out who he was and that his driver’s license was under suspension.
After Turner advised Welch he was under arrest and asked him to step out of his vehicle, things got worse.
Welch was acting aggressively and resisting arrest, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said yesterday. Turner managed to handcuff the suspect and started to put him in the cruiser.
Welch appeared to relax for a few seconds, Patten said, before he “bull rushed” the officer, knocking him backward and then running away.
Turner gave chase onto Route 38, where Welch narrowly missed being struck by oncoming traffic, Patten said. Turner ultimately tackled Welch to the ground, where Welch continued to kick and flail.
Other officers responded to the scene; they were able to control Welch and get him into the cruiser.
Police found a small amount of marijuana and packets of Spice and Scooby Snax, both synthetic marijuana products, on Welch.
“He certainly exhibited signs of being under the influence of synthetic marijuana,” Patten said of Welch. “He put not only his own life in danger, but also the officer’s by running into traffic.”
Turner was not injured in the incident.
Although this is the second case involving Spice in recent weeks, Patten said the problem with the synthetic drugs is not as bad as it has been in the past.
“Our detectives are monitoring the activity though, specifically with the synthetics,” he said.
Welch is charged with driving after suspension, two counts of simple assault on a police officer., two counts of resisting arrest, escape, possession of a controlled drug for the marijuana and transportation of drugs.
He refused the services of a bail commissioner and was taken to the county jail, where he remained yesterday afternoon.