In addition to drunken driving charges, a Queens man is alleged to have attempted to escape police custody early Sunday after struggling with officers during his arrest in Lynbrook, Nassau County police said.
Thomas E. Shaw, 25, of Far Rockaway, is awaiting arraignment Dec. 29 at First District Court in Hempstead on charges of third-degree escape, resisting arrest, aggravated DWI and driving while intoxicated.
Court records show Shaw was pulled over just before 3:30 a.m. along Sunrise Highway near Peninsula Boulevard for allegedly failing to obey a traffic device and failing to maintain his lane of travel.
The officer noticed Shaw was exhibiting signs of intoxicated and placed him under arrest, police said. While he was being handcuffed, Shaw reportedly pushed the officer away, causing the cop to fall down, while Shaw took off running from the scene. A police dog gave chase and was able to grab hold of the fleeing suspect, cops said.
Shaw is alleged to have continued to resist arrest and kicked the police dog, “Lex,” and the other officers at the scene. During the struggle, officers deployed pepper spray and were eventually able to regain control of the situation and arrest Shaw.
Shaw was treated at the scene by an ambulance medical technician. No police officers were injured during the scuffle.