After Minor Crash, Driver Attacks Responding Trooper


Massachusetts State Police Release–03072014–After Minor Crash, Driver Attacks Responding Trooper

A Woburn man was arrested this morning after he attacked a state trooper who responded to the scene of a minor crash between the man and another driver on Route 93 southbound in Medford.

NASSIVE PALMER, 30, became uncooperative with Trooper Nicolo Falco and attempted to drive away from the crash scene. Trooper Falco, who had conducted a routine check and learned that PALMER was the subject of an outstanding warrant, prevented him from doing so. PALMER then became combative. The suspect tried to pull and push himself away when the trooper initially attempted to handcuff him, and subsequently began flailing his arms and striking the trooper with his elbows. While continuing to resist, the suspect caused himself and the trooper to fall onto the hood of the suspect’s van and then onto a guardrail.

After Trooper Paul O’Connor responded to the scene, both troopers were able to guide PALMER to the ground and secure him in the back seat of a cruiser. PALMER then kicked out the cruiser’s passenger-side rear window. PALMER was then restrained on the ground outside the cruiser as he continued to struggle to get free, kick his legs, and throw his head back in the direction of the trooper. A third trooper who responded, Trooper Karl Johnson, was able to secure PALMER’s legs with restraints. The suspect was transported to the Medford Barracks, where he was charged with the following:

Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (2 counts);
Malicious Destruction of Property over $250; and
Resisting Arrest.

PALMER was also charged on the warrant that the trooper had discovered during his routine check. That warrant, issued out of Boston on March 5, charged PALMER with assault and battery. He was additionally issued a warning for failure to use care in stopping for the minor crash that preceded his attack on the trooper.

PALMER sustained minor cuts to his face when he came in contact with broken glass that was on the ground from the window he kicked out. He was treated by EMS at the scene and refused further medical attention. Two of the troopers will seek medical attention on their own for potential injuries.

The chain of events began at 7:28 a.m. when Trooper Falco witnessed PALMER and another driver, a 25-year-old Peabody man, pulled over into the breakdown lane for a minor accident. Both drivers refused medical attention. Brief investigation by the trooper indicated that PALMER’s 2003 Dodge Caravan rear-ended the Peabody man’s 2012 Audi A4 sedan when the latter driver slowed down in response to slowing traffic ahead of him. Shortly after the trooper asked each driver for their license and registration, PALMER began to become uncooperative.

No further information is being released at this time.