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December 17, 2013
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Mass. officers attacked over towed car

A man challenged the officer to a fight and tossed an officer into a fence before he was pepper sprayed and subdued

By PoliceOne Staff

LOWELL, Mass. — A Lowell police officer was attacked by a man after he became angry that his girlfriend’s car was being towed.

Devante Degree, 21, ran towards Officer Charles Pappaconstrantinou’s cruiser Saturday morning when he saw that his girlfriend’s vehicle was being towed and began cursing at the officer, according to the Lowell Sun.

When the officer tried to explain that the vehicle needed to be towed, Degree told him to remove his badge and fight.

Degree’s girlfriend arrived on the scene and joined him in threatening the officer, according to the report.

Back-up officers arrived and attempted to arrest Degree after he removed an object from the car’s trunk. He allegedly tossed an officer into a chain link fence, and was subdued with pepper spray.

The object he’d removed from the trunk was a set of license plates.

Degree pleaded not guilty to charges of two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Degree had his bail revoked on a pending case.

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