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May 16, 2018 9:22 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police Deploy Taser On Flanders Man During Traffic Stop; Man Charged With DWI And Resisting Arrest

May 16, 2018 9:45 AM

A Flanders man was subdued with a Taser on Saturday after resisting orders during a traffic stop, police said.

Nicholas Fisher, 32, of Flanders was arrested by Southampton Town Police at 5:39 a.m. on Wood Road Trail near Riverside Avenue in Flanders and charged with felony DWI, which was upgraded from a misdemeanor because of a prior offense, resisting arrest and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, and violations of speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign and failing to use a turn signal.

Police said Mr. Fisher was seen running a stop sign on Flanders Road and speeding while failing to use a turn signal as he made a turn onto Wood Road Trail. When Mr. Fisher was stopped, police said, the officer approached him and smelled alcohol on his breath.

As Mr. Fisher opened the door, the officer saw an open can of Four Loko, an alcoholic beverage, between the driver’s seat and the door, still cold to the touch, according to police.

With slurred speech and red glassy eyes, Mr. Fisher told the officer, “I was trying to hide that,” according to police.

The officer noticed Mr. Fisher was attempting to conceal a small white object, believed to be crack cocaine, in his right hand between two fingers, and when asked to exit the truck, he tried to throw the item in his right hand, according to the arrest report. Immediately, the officer grabbed Mr. Fisher’s right wrist, and Mr. Fisher yanked it back and placed the suspected crack cocaine into his mouth, police said. Still in the vehicle, Mr. Fisher continued to resist the officer’s orders to get out of the truck and spit out the drugs, until the officer shot Mr. Fisher with a Taser and pulled him out of the truck and onto the ground. Police said Mr. Fisher continued to resist the officer’s commands to spit out the suspected crack cocaine that he put in his mouth.

Eventually, Mr. Fisher was handcuffed, and when his mouth was checked for drugs, police said, the officer saw small pieces of what appeared to be crack cocaine on his back teeth.

Police said Mr. Fisher was in possession of a small plastic bag in his pocket and numerous small packages of brass screens, which are consistent with cocaine use. A search of the vehicle found an additional unopened can of Four Loko, according to police, along with unused glass pipes.

Mr. Fisher was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for evaluation.

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