Rockland County Man Guilty of Assaulting Police Officer and Emergency Responder
A Rockland county man was found guilty of assaulting a police officer and a Paramedic.
On March 31, 2015, Town of Clarkstown Police responded to area of TGI Fridays and Chili’s on the fourth floor of the Palisades Center in West Nyack for a report of a drunk and disorderly man.
Responding officers observed 33-year-old Daniel McCormack, of Haverstraw near Chili’s smoking a cigarette. While being questioned, he became belligerent and attempted to flee the area.
As officers attempted to detain him, he became enraged. He then head-butted an officer while being arrested. The officer suffered minor injuries.
Later at the Town of Clarkstown police headquarters, the defendant verbally and physically refused to be searched and slammed his own head against the wall of the holding cell, prompting the use of pepper spray.
An EMT responding to the cell suffered serious injuries when McCormack forcibly grabbed her wrist and would not release.
In Rockland County Court, a jury found McCormack guilty of felony assault and obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor.
McCormack will be sentenced on August 31. He faces up to seven years in state prison.