Suspect tries to ‘box’ officers

Jamaal Lance is charged with fighting with West Haven police. (Police photo).
Jamaal Lance is charged with fighting with West Haven police. (Police photo).

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — An Elm Street man is accused of punching a police officer after he was pulled over early Thursday morning.

Jamaal Lance, 28, is charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, two counts of interfering with police and several motor vehicle violations. Police said he was stopped Campbell Avenue and Elm Street about 2 a.m. and was “belligerent,” taking a boxer’s stance as officers approached. He then punched an officer in the face with a closed fist, and they began to struggle, police said.

One officer had a broken finger and another officer had scrapes and cuts, police said. Lance’s bond and court date were not immediately available.

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