Massena man jailed after alleged DWI, rear-ending chief of police, scuffle with chief at the scene
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 2:52 pm

MASSENA -- A Massena man was jailed on numerous charges after allegedly driving while intoxicated, rear-ending the chief of police and getting into a scuffle with the chief at the scene.

Joseph L. Cash, 36, of East Hatfield Street, Massena is charged with driving while intoxicated, obstructing governmental administration, unlicensed operator, speed not reasonable, refusal to take a breath test, following too close and reckless driving, police said.

Chief Adam Love said on Saturday around 10:35 p.m., he was in an unmarked patrol car at the intersection of Main Street and Laurel Avenue. Love said Cash struck him from behind, which drove the car into the vehicle in from of Love’s car, pushing both into the intersection.

The chief said he “observed him to be intoxicated” and ordered him to stay on the sidewalk while he checked on the two female occupants of the third car involved in the collision.

Love said Cash tried to get back in his car and he had to “subdue him and hold him on the ground” until patrols arrived.

The two occupants of the third vehicle were transported to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment and Love was not injured, he said.

Cash was arraigned in Massena court by judge Joe Brown and remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton, in lieu of $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond, police said.