Pawtucket Times

Pawtucket man accused of lying to police

- By STELLA LORENCE slorence@woonsocket­

WOONSOCKET – Police arrested a man Sunday after he allegedly called 911 several times and told dispatcher­s inaccurate informatio­n about why he was calling.

Darrell Martin, 46, of Pawtucket, first called around 6:30 p.m. to report a stabbing. Officer Jason Berthelett­e responded and found him “standing, conscious, alert and responsive,” according to his report. Berthelett­e also noted Martin’s face was bleeding.

Martin told Berthelett­e he had been drinking at a friend’s house and got into an argument with someone there. The argument turned physical, and Martin took a punch to the face. Martin then said he “wrestled” a knife out of the person’s hands, and the suspect fled when Martin said he would call the police, according to Berthelett­e’s report.

Martin confirmed that he had not been stabbed because he had wrestled the knife away, and said he had been “punched in the [expletive] face and that was the same thing,” according to Berthelett­e’s report. Berthelett­e asked if he wanted to file a complaint, and began asking for additional informatio­n about the suspect who allegedly threatened Martin’s life with a knife.

In the meantime, Woonsocket Rescue personnel responded to the scene to evaluate Martin’s injuries, which caused Martin to become belligeren­t, according to Berthelett­e’s report. He refused to answer questions for either Berthelett­e’s witness statement or for rescue personnel, and walked away from the scene, even after Berthelett­e informed him that getting medical clearance, photos and a written statement were part of the process to file a complaint, according to Berthelett­e’s report.

About 30 minutes later, Martin called 911 four additional times. Dispatcher­s receiving his calls said he sounded “upset, uncooperat­ive and belligeren­t,” according to Berthelett­e’s report. He refused to give his location, and vented about how Berthelett­e handled his first call. Dispatch used a GPS system to locate Martin, and he was taken into custody for misusing the 911 system, according to Berthelett­e’s report.

Martin is being charged in District Court with one count of providing false informatio­n to 911, a misdemeano­r. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignmen­t Monday morning, and is next expected in court in two weeks.

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