A Pickerel man who engaged in a confrontation with a deputy is charged with 10 criminal counts, including five felonies.
Andre J. Bussiere, 40, is charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment, battery to a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer causing soft tissue injury, discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker, resisting an officer, criminal damage to property, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.
At a bail hearing Nov. 12, Bussiere was ordered to a $5,000 cash bond, which he has now posted, with conditions that he not use or possess controlled substances illegally, have no contact with the deputy victim or their residence, not possess any dangerous weapons or firearms, and must surrender any firearms to the sheriff’s department. Those terms were upheld during an official initial appearance Monday.
According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 10 a deputy on patrol near Highways TT and A in the town of Upham observed a truck approaching his squad from behind at an accelerated pace, radar showing a speed of 74 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. A strange encounter then ensued, with the driver Bussiere maneuvering his truck in front of the squad, cursing at the deputy, then revving the motor, squealing the tires and driving off in a “fast, extremely unsafe, and unnecessary manner.”
The deputy followed the truck and reinitiated contact with Bussiere, who claimed that the driver of another vehicle in a nearby parking lot had 12 prior OWIs and still a valid license. He then became agitated, cursing again and telling the deputy to stay away from his truck and asking the deputy to write him a ticket for his dangerous driving.
When told he was being detained, Bussiere tensed up and pulled away from the deputy. When told he would be Tased, Bussiere initially got on his knees, but then began to struggle again, telling the deputy he was going to “clock him.”
A search of Bussiere’s person located a pocket knife. When the deputy attempted to place him in the squad vehicle, Bussiere kicked his feet, causing damage to the vehicle, all the while screaming at the top of his lungs and spitting in the deputy’s face. Bussiere then drove his knee into the deputy’s groin and cursed some more.
Additional officers responded after the deputy had detained Bussiere for about 10 minutes. A search of his vehicle located a pipe with a burnt and green leafy plant material, a package of THC gummies and a container with a green plant material that tested positive for the presence of THC.
The search also discovered a handgun in the center console and both spent and unspent rounds of firearm ammunition.
A detective sergeant documented the injuries the deputy sustained as a result of Bussiere’s “resistive, combative behavior,” which included a section of skin peeled away on his hand, and blood from a scrape on his arm visible on his uniform shirt, which had to be destroyed.
Bussiere claimed to have been injured during the altercation, but an examination and X-rays at the hospital showed no broken bones nor soft tissue damage. During this examination, he continued to yell and curse. The deputy received medical attention for his injuries and exposure to Bussiere’s blood and saliva.