For Immediate Release: 4/28/2017 11:56 pm
Worcester, MA (April 28, 2017)- On Friday, April 28, 2017, at approximately 7:45 PM, members of the WPD Gang Unit were out on routine patrol on Aetna Street. At this time the officers observed a white Dodge being operated by a male that they knew as Nathan Collins. The officers were aware that Mr. Collins, 30-years-old of 110 Pine Street, Southbridge, was operating that vehicle with a suspended license. The gang officers turned their unmarked police vehicle around and attempted to stop Mr. Collins. The Dodge turned onto Vale Street and then into a private driveway. The officers pulled in behind the Collin’s vehicle. The vehicle was moving forwards and backwards. The officers approached and ordered Mr. Collins to stop moving the vehicle. There were three occupants inside the Dodge.
Mr. Collins was informed that he was driving with a suspended license. Mr. Collins was asked to exit the vehicle. He refused. Instead of exiting the vehicle when asked to do so, Mr. Collins turned his back towards the officers and began to grab at something in the center console area. Mr. Collins then began to reach for something by the rear seat.
The officers made several loud verbal commands to Mr. Collins to cease his movement, to show his hands and to exit the vehicle. Each time Mr. Collins refused. Fearing that Mr. Collins may be reaching for a weapon, one of the officers produced his department issued taser and warned him that if he continued to refuse the officer’s commands then he would be tased. Mr. Collins again refused the officers commands.
Mr. Collins was subsequently tased.
As a result, Mr. Collins came out of the car and landed on the ground. Mr. Collins ceased his resistance and now complied.
Mr. Collins was placed under arrest. Worcester EMS arrived at the scene and transported him to the hospital to have the taser prongs removed.
The other two occupants were checked for warrants and released.
A search inside the vehicle by the area that Mr. Collins was grabbing at produced a knotted plastic baggie of crack cocaine and several pills that appear to be oxycodone and clonazepam. The pills were in a bottle with no label on it.
Mr. Collins was charged with Resisting Arrest, Operating a MV with a Suspended License, Possession of Class B Substance and Possession of Class C Substance.
Mr. Collins will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse on Monday, May 1, 2017.