Westerly man subdued with pepper spray after tussle with officers

Westerly man subdued with pepper spray after tussle with officers

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WESTERLY — A local man is facing charges after the police said he kicked an officer in an attempt to avoid being arresed.

The man, Ricky A. Seekins, of 11 Acorn Drive, was arraigned in Fourth Division District Court Thursday on charges including simple assault or battery, domestic simple assault or battery, domestic disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released on bond and is due back before the court for a pretrial conference on Oct. 12, according to court records.

Westerly Police Lt. Robert Warner said Seekins was taken into custody around 7 p.m. Wednesday following a domestic incident at his home involving his live-in girlfriend. After speaking with both, Warner said officers told Seekins he would be placed under arrest.

According to the police report, Seekins became angry and tried to flee, but was tackled near the end of his driveway. The police said he fought with officers, kicking one in the head. The police used pepper spray to subdue him.

Warner said the officer reported no injuries, and resumed patrol once the situation was defused.

It was Seekins’ second arrest in two days. On Tuesday, he was charged after a Walmart loss prevention specialist called the police to report a shoplifter. According to a police report, Seekins had hidden $107 worth of merchandise under his shirt. He was stopped by employees before he was able to leave the store, police said.

Seekins was charged with shoplifting and released. He was arraigned Thursday on that charge, too. He did not enter a plea in either case.



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