BURRILLVILLE – A man accused of assault had to be tased and pepper-sprayed to be taken into custody last week according to police, and is now facing six charges including resisting arrest.
Jason Ducharme, 38, of Sayles Avenue has also been charged with domestic strangulation, domestic assault, obstructing an officer, and two counts of disorderly conduct following the incident.
According to reports, police were called to his third-floor apartment around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, but Ducharme refused to open the door. A female in the home eventually answered, and had a fresh laceration on her face.
Once officers entered, Ducharme reportedly threatened to fight them, and was informed he was under arrest. He resisted, and police attempted to gain compliance by wrestling him into custody then “delivered a drive stun, which had no effect.”
The arrest report notes suspected use of alcohol, drugs or narcotics.
Officers finally handcuffed Ducharme by using pepper spray, and several had to be treated for exposure.
Police then spoke with a 54-year-old man living with the couple, who had called them to the scene. The man said Ducharme had kicked the 36-year-old female in the body and face. He said that when he attempted to intervene, Ducharme “grabbed ahold of his throat, pressed him against the wall and squeezed his airway closed to the point of collapse.”
Ducharme was held overnight and transported to 6th District Court the following morning for his arraignment.
Records show it was not Ducharme’s first encounter with Burrillville police.
In January of 2017, Ducharme was charged with disorderly conduct and vandalism.
In December of 2018, he was arrested two days in a row, on the 8th and the 9th, first for domestic assault and disorderly conduct, then for violation of a no contact order.