A Natick, NY, woman and two Framingham, NY, men were arrested last week after police say they demanded that officers shovel out their car when it became stuck in snow, blocking traffic.
Police say the situation went downhill when officers told the trio they had to call a tow truck. The suspects' ensuing anger led to their arrests, police spokeswoman Lt. Patricia Grigas told Metro West Daily News.
Police arrested Bianca Torres, 19, of Natick; and Nathaniel Chickering, 18, and Michael Rodriguez, 21, both of Framingham, at 12:34 a.m.
When the officer tried to speak to the driver, Torres, “the officer was immediately met with angry people demanding (the officer) to get a shovel and help them dig and push the vehicle out of the snowbank,” Grigas said.
The officer called for a tow truck and began to direct traffic to try to alleviate traffic-related concerns. But during that time, Torres repeatedly said officers should dig her out. Once the tow truck arrived, Chickering told officers that no one was going to tow the car and then walked into the travel lane to argue, further blocking traffic, Grigas said.
Because of his behavior, police arrested Chickering. Another passenger, Rodriguez, then tried to get the officers to release Chickering, striking the officer in the stomach, Grigas said. Police then arrested Rodriguez, and when Torres intervened, they arrested her.
Police charged all three with disorderly conduct. Rodriguez was also charged with assault and battery on a police officer and Chickering was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, a spring-loaded knife, according to police.