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Norfolk man headed to jail for one year for wrestling with police officers on Sycamore Street


MASSENA - A Norfolk man charged with struggling with police officers when they were attempting to take him into custody on a bench warrant following a traffic stop last week on Sycamore Street has pleaded guilty to two counts.

Village police had charged Alexander J. White, 26, of 27 Morris St., Apt. 2, Norfolk, with second-degree assault, false personation and resisting arrest and ticketed him for making an insufficient signal less than 100 feet from a turn, operation of a vehicle with the driver’s view obstructed and failure to produce insurance following the traffic stop at 11:07 a.m. April 23 on Sycamore Street.

White pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and resisting arrest in a plea bargain agreement with a commitment that he will be sentenced to one year in the county jail. The guilty plea also satisfied a violation of probation charge pending from a second-degree criminal contempt conviction in the town of Norfolk as well as undisclosed charges pending in the town of DeKalb.

Massena Justice Gerald P. Sharlow sent White back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail continued at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond. He directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 16.

Police said White initially identified himself to police as Adam F. Peets, 27, in an apparent effort to conceal from police that there was an active bench warrant for his arrest from Norfolk Town Court for an alleged probation violation.

Police said White became combative when officers attempted to take him into custody on the warrant. They said he pulled away and fought with police in a tussle that ended on the street before he was taken into custody.

Sgt. Mark Englert was treated and released at Massena Memorial Hospital after spraining his wrist during the altercation.

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