Erie County Sheriff Undersheriff Mark Wipperman reports the arrest of two male suspects after receiving a report from a county park employee.
On October 12, an Erie County employee witnessed a male exiting an Akron Falls female restroom with his zipper undone. An Akron Police Officer and Deputy Gene Nati responded to the park. When the officers approached the vehicle the driver attempted to flee in the car.
The Officers shouted orders to stop the vehicle and eventually the driver complied. The passenger of the vehicle was taken into custody without incident however the driver refused to exit the car. The driver became increasingly irrational, yelling at the officers and became confrontational with them.
Deputy Nati attempted to control the driver with pepper spray. After the Deputy deployed the non-lethal spray the Akron Officer distracted the driver allowing Nati to enter the vehicle from the passenger’s side and unlatch the driver’s seat belt. The officers continued to yell commands and warnings. The driver exited the vehicle and assumed a fighting position. Deputy Nati attempted to subdue the driver from behind and after the suspect fought back the Akron Officer Tasered the driver. While on the ground Deputy Nati was able to handcuff the suspect. As the effects of the Taser wore off the suspect attempted to fight back again but both officers eventually took the subject back to the ground and placed a second pair of restrains on him.
As the officers questioned the suspects, it was discovered they both snorted Bath Salts and possibly some narcotics earlier in the day. The Officers also discovered multiple bags of white powder, (believed to be the Bath Salts), heroin as well as marijuana and numerous hypodermic needles.
The passenger, Eric Westermeier, 27 of Darien, NY, was charged with possession of marijuana and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and was later released on an appearance ticket.
The driver, Joseph Beszczynski, 28 of Darien, NY, was charged with Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle and possession of marijuana.
Beszczynski was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment In Newstead Town Court on October 15.