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Norfolk man jailed after scuffling with police following Massena traffic stop

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ASSAULT - MASSENA - A Norfolk man was jailed on $15,000 cash bail Wednesday after he struggled with police officers when they were attempting to take him into custody on a bench warrant following a traffic stop on Sycamore Street.

Village police charged Alexander J. White, 26, of 27 Morris St., Apt. 2, Norfolk, with second-degree assault, false personation and resisting arrest and ticketed him for making an insufficient signal less than 100 feet from a turn, operation of a vehicle with the driver’s view obstructed and failure to produce insurance following the traffic stop at 11:07 a.m. Wednesday on Sycamore Street.

Police said White initially identified himself to police as Adam F. Peets, 27, in an apparent effort to conceal from police that there was an active bench warrant for his arrest from Norfolk Town Court for an alleged probation violation.

Police said White became combative when officers attempted to take him into custody on the warrant. They said he pulled away and fought with police in a tussle that ended on the street before he was taken into custody. A village police sergeant was treated and released at Massena Memorial Hospital after spraining his wrist during the altercation.

White was arraigned by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Michael Gebo had recommended bail at $5,000 cash, but he had noted the court had discretion to set a higher bail, acknowledging a second-degree assault conviction could end in a state prison sentence and that White had allegedly attempted to escape when police were trying to take him into custody.

“The court is considering a higher amount,” Mr. Crandall said before setting the bail at $15,000 cash.

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