…And all the sudden a guy jumps on top of your car, with what appears to be blood on his hands, and starts screaming at the top of his lungs…
What do you do?
It’s a valid question, because that’s exactly what happened to some pour soul today before police arrived to arrest the car-surfing man who is pictured below.
Officer Mindy Dower and Thomas Tetreault were the lucky officers who got this call, dispatched as a man standing on top of a car with blood on his hands screaming for help in front of 5 Merrimack St., about 6 p.m.
Things seemed to be well in hand at first. Shortly after taking the call, Dower and Tetreault called for the wagon to pickup a prisoner charged with disorderly conduct, nothing more.
About a minute later, though, Tetreault was calling for backup as someone screamed in the background, and by the time I got to Kearney Square the guy pictured in this blog was struggling with Tetreault and Dower as they wrestled him to the ground.
The odd color you see on his face isn’t blood, it’s pepper spray, which is also why he’s complaining about his eyes. I’ve seen this before. It doesn’t feel nice.
There were at least several dozen people standing around watching this ridiculous scene unfold, but once the wagon doors closed everyone went on their way fairly quickly.
For his efforts, Damon Lopes, 33, of Orleans, ended up getting charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer added to the disorderly conduct charge he was already going to face.
He was still being held last I checked, and he’ll be arraigned Thursday in Lowell District Court.