DUXBURY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Tuesday, the Duxbury Police Department issued a statement that said a man who was allegedly trying to break into cars coming off the highway, also allegedly attacked officials when confronted.
Police say officers observed a man was behaving "erratically" in the area of 2 Tremont Street just off Route 3A, as a detective in an unmarked cruiser saw him in the middle of the road, jumping in and out of traffic.
According to officials, the man identified to be 37-year-old Johnny Lewis Jr. of Saugus, ran towards Route 3 and appeared to be trying to gain access to two vehicles stopped on the off-ramp. The detective then noticed the suspect allegedly had an object in his hand, which police later determined was an automatic knife.
Once back-up was called, the detective approached Lewis who police say complied with their initial orders for him to the put the knife down on the hood of one of the arriving police cruisers. But once officers began to place Lewis into handcuffs, he allegedly lunged for the knife and caused a "significant struggle."
Duxbury Police say two officers had to be hospitalized following the exchange, as they suffered minor injuries. Those officers were later released from the hospital and returned to active duty, the DPD said.
Lewis was also brought to the hospital for evaluation, and was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, and carrying a dangerous weapon.