Cheshire man scuffles with MCLA officer after traffic stop


NORTH ADAMS — A Cheshire man allegedly wrestled with a Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Police Officer on the street in broad daylight on Thursday after he was pulled over for driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Peter Welker, 35, of South Street, allegedly was driving the wrong way down Montana Street near the MCLA campus, prompting Officer Kyle Jolin stop him on Porter Street at about 10 a.m.

Welker got out of the vehicle, defying Jolin's orders to remain inside, saying "you're a mall cop and have no authority," according to a probable cause statement written by Jolin.

After dropping his backpack on the street, Welker allegedly lunged at Jolin and tried to hit him, according to the report. Jolin was eventually able to pin Welker between his car door and passenger compartment.

The officer eventually "guided" Welker to the ground on his stomach and mounted his back to immobilize him.

Welker pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to single counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and a motor vehicle bylaw violation.

Judge Paul Vrabel released him on personal recognizance and scheduled a pretrial hearing for June 8.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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