Officer Randy Rice receives broken nose, stitches and facial injury while taking down fleeing suspect
In the early morning hours on Tuesday, Newark Police Officer Randy Rice spotted Christopher A. Boswell Sr., age 30, of Palmyra operating a vehicle, after leaving the Arrow Mart convenience store on North Main Street. Officer Rice knew there was a Wayne County Sheriff’s warrant out for Boswell and, followed by Sheriff’s Sergeant Joe Croft and Deputy Laura Hinz, he stopped the vehicle Boswell was operating.
Boswell became uncooperative after being told he was wanted on warrants and police used a taser to subdue him. Unfortunately the heavy coat Boswell was wearing hindered the effectiveness of the taser and Boswell took off running.
Rice tackled Boswell, and in doing so, the officer’s face hit the ground causing a broken nose, cuts to his face and road rash. He was treated at Newark Wayne Hospital, received stitches to close up the facial injury. According to Newark Police Chief Dave Christler, Officer Rice will be out on recovery for about four weeks.
Boswell was arrested by Newark Police and charged with Assault in the 2nd Degree and turned over to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Boswell, who resides at 4165 Hogback Road in Palmyra was arrested on warrants for Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 3rd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
It is alleged that Boswell was involved in a domestic incident involving the assault of a girlfriend in front of the couple’s children. In doing so, Boswell violated a Court Order of Protection from a previous incident. He was arraigned on the Sheriff’s warrants and remanded to jail on $10,000 cash/$20,000 bond.
Upon a search at the jail at 4:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Corrections Officers found a quantity of powdered cocaine and crack cocaine hidden on him. Boswell was brought back to Newark Justice Michael Miller on Thursday and arraigned on an additional charge of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony and remanded back to jail.