Middletown man facing drug charges after scuffle with officers – Connecticut News

Middletown man facing drug charges after scuffle with officers – Connecticut News


MIDDLETOWN >> A man arrested for alleged possession was taken to a hospital after a scuffle with police.

William Pugh, 42, of Burgundy Hill Lane, was charged with failure to submit fingerprints, two counts of assaulting public safety personnel, second-degree threatening, interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers stopped Pugh after observing him involved in what appeared to be a narcotics transaction, but he was supposedly being “uncooperative” and refusing to comply with one of the officers’ orders, according to the report. The officer then took hold of Pugh’s arms, and Pugh appeared to be concealing something in his right hand.

However, Pugh supposedly tried to pull his arm away from the officer, so the officer “took Pugh to the ground” in an attempt to gain control, according to the report. Due to Pugh’s alleged noncompliance, the officer suffered an injury to his left arm, police said.


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After being handcuffed, police found a glass pipe, copper screening used to smoke crack cocaine and a small amount of crack cocaine in Pugh’s possession, according to the report.

Once back at the police station, Pugh allegedly refused to submit to fingerprinting and said he did not care about the bail or charges because he was going to “kill himself in the cell” once the handcuffs were removed, police said.

Pugh was restrained until he could be taken to Middlesex Hospital. He was uncooperative during the process, police said.

Pugh also continued to make statements about killing himself, police officers, their families and the hospital…

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