Man Arrested on DWI Charges Attacks Westchester Police Officers During Booking: Police

One of the officers who was attacked required treatment for minor injuries following the incident at Westchester Medical Center.

Joe Chamberlain. Photo credit: Westchester County Police
Joe Chamberlain. Photo credit: Westchester County Police
A 54-year-old Bronx man attacked two Westchester County police officers early Thursday morning after the man had been arrested on driving while intoxicated charges on the Saw Mill River Parkway.

Joe Chamberlain allegedly punched one officer in the face twice and slammed another against a cell while he was being booked.

Below is the full press release from the Westchester County Police Department describing the incident:

A Bronx man is facing assault and DWI charges after he was arrested for driving drunk on the Saw Mill River Parkway and then attacked two Westchester County police officers while he was being booked at police headquarters in Hawthorne.

Joe Chamberlain, 54, of Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, was stopped by officers at 2:09 a.m. Thursday at a sobriety checkpoint on the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway at Lawrence Street in Dobbs Ferry. As officers spoke with Chamberlain, they detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He was removed from the car and subsequently failed a field sobriety test.

While being booked on the DWI charge, Chamberlain became combative, punching one officer in the face two times and slamming another up against a cell.  He was subdued after a struggle.

One of the officers, whose eye was swollen shut, was taken to the emergency room at Westchester Medical Center where he was treated for cuts and bruises around his right eye and released.

Chamberlain was arraigned Thursday in Mount Pleasant Town Court and released pending a future court appearance.

B June 21, 2014 at 09:03 AM
.......and then Chamberlin fell down a flight of stairs.....
Watchdog June 21, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Now he can retire at a tax free 3/4:). Sounds like bad booking procedures need correcting if he can overpower two cops.
M. Leybra June 21, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Not only is it we who'll get to pay for Chamberlin's retirement but the officer he assaulted, whom can be certain will suffer lifelong residual effects & get full retirement pay eventually, padded w/ tax-free disability payments. (Re. June 8, Journal News, 'Padded Pension' front page expose article of obscene police pensions.)
Adolfo Longo June 21, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Yes he may have assaulted the officers during the booking process, but I'm sure that they beat him until almost dead after. Police brutality is very common in this lovely country we live in.. America!
Watchdog June 21, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Adolfo, you make no sense. Even cops should be able to defend themselves. Besides, "probably best him"??? C'mon.


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