GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – A man who was being served a bench warrant for failing to appear in court for assaulting a police officer, is accused of assaulting the officer who attempted to serve the warrant.
According to Guilderland Police, on Monday shortly before 9 p.m., a Police Sergeant was attempting to serve Michele Salerno, 54, with a Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued by the Guilderland Town Court on July 3, because Salerno allegedly failed to appear for his court appearance on charges stemming from a June 30 assault on a police officer.
While the warrant was being served on Monday, Salerno physically resisted, causing injury to the Police Sergeant’s hand, according to police.
Salerno was taken into custody and arraigned on Tuesday on new charges, which include felony assault in the second degree, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree.
On June 30, Salerno was pulled over during a traffic stop on Western Avenue. Upon stopping the vehicle, police say Salerno exited his vehicle and confronted the officer. Police say Salerno refused to return to his car, despite being instructed to do so by the officer.
The Guilderland Police Officer placed Salerno under arrest, but while he was attempting to handcuff him, Salerno allegedly resisting and assaulting the officer. Salerno is accused of also biting the officer.
Salerno was charged with felony criminal mischief in the third degree, felony assault in the second degree, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree.