A Southold Town police officer reportedly used pepper spray and a Taser to subdue a Greenport man who was allegedly drunk and attacked the officer Monday, according to a press release.
Police found Victor Dubon Garcia, 24, passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked near Third and Webb streets in Greenport at around 12:45 a.m., officials said. The vehicle’s engine was running and its headlights were on, police said.
Mr. Garcia started to walk away from the scene when the police officer tried to perform a sobriety tests, officials said.
“The officer attempted to stop the defendant from leaving when the defendant started to struggle and fight with the officer,” the release states. “The officer engaged in a violent struggle with the defendant on the ground and had to use pepper mace and the Taser to gain control of and handcuff the defendant.”
Mr. Garcia was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment to his eyes caused by the mace and to have the Taser probes removed, police said.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, officials said.
Mr. Garcia was then transported to police headquarters, processed and held for morning arraignment, police said.