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Man Resisting Arrest Tells Officer, ‘Make Me,’ Gets Pepper Sprayed

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Warwick, RI – A North Kingstown man causing a disturbance at Bottom Line Bar on Palmer Avenue May 9 wound up pepper sprayed after telling officers “Make me,” while they told him to stop resisting arrest.

He was ultimately arrested and transported to Kent County Memorial Hospital, where he was sedated so nurses could treat him for the pepper spray and a bloody nose he inflicted on himself after falling in the bar’s parking lot.

The fall occurred just before two Warwick Police officers responded to the scene for a report of an unruly intoxicated man at the bar, according to a witness, according to police reports.

The officers arrived to find Matthew Lamarre, 41, of 6200 Post Road, North Kingstown, with a bloody nose, yelling that he’d been kicked in the face, accoring to Officer Manuel Pacheco’s report.

Pacheco asked Lamarre to calm down, but the man refused. A check of his identity with the dispatcher revealed Lamarre had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear at a Third District court hearing for payment review. Pacheco arrested Lamarre, putting him in handcuffs, and attempted to place him in his cruiser.

Lamarre struggled with the officer, refusing to sit in the cruiser, and Officer John Zaborski helped him wrestle the man in the car. Finally, Pacheco told Lamarre if he didn’t stop struggling he would use pepper spray on him.

Lamaree responded, “Make me,” and Pacheco sprayed the pepper spray in his face. Lamarre immediately complied and put his feet in the cruiser, according to the officer’s report.

At Warwick Police Headquarters, Lamarre refused to wash the pepper spray from his face, so a rescue was called to transport him to Kent County Hospital. Lamarre refused their help as well, so the officers transported him to the hospital themselves.

At the hospital, Lamarre had to be restrained, was fitted with a spit guard, and finally, sedated, so hospital staff could safely treat him, according to Zaborski’s report.

Lamarre was charged with simple assault.


Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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