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Feb 19, 2012 10:39 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Police Officer Bitten By Man Resisting Arrest

Feb 22, 2012 10:58 AM

A Southampton Town Police officer was injured Saturday morning after he was bitten on the hand by one of two men police were trying to arrest for smoking marijuana laced with embalming fluid in a Riverside parking lot.

At approximately 10:55 a.m. on February 18, Town Police said they received a call regarding two men arguing in the parking lot of the Budget Host Motel on Lake Avenue in Riverside. When officers arrived on the scene, they said they found Julian Wright, 38, of Riverhead and Tracy T. Mitchell, 37, of Flanders fighting.

When police approached the men, they began fighting 
with the officers and Mr. 
Wright bit Officer Kristian Lorusso on the hand, according to police.

Officer Lorusso was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was treated for cuts and swelling to his hand, according to Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson. The officer was released the same day but, as of Tuesday afternoon, had not yet returned to work, the chief said.

A second officer, identified by Chief Wilson as officer James C. Cavanagh, was also involved in the altercation but was not injured.

Chief Wilson said Mr. Wright and Mr. Mitchell were quickly subdued with electronic control devices—commonly known as Tasers.

“This was a necessary physical control technique because of the condition the suspects were in,” Chief Wilson said. “In my opinion, both officers would have much more serious injuries had they not had the devices available to them.”

Police said Mr. Wright and Mr. Mitchell were smoking marijuana laced with embalming fluid, and Chief Wilson explained that the liquid gives pot a hallucinogenic quality, similar to PCP. He added that, in some instances, those who smoke embalming fluid can become violent.

Both suspects were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for evaluation before being released into police custody. They were then taken to police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing.

Mr. Wright was charged with assault in the second degree, a felony, resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, as well as harassment in the second degree, disorderly conduct and appearance in public under the influence of a narcotic, all violations.

Mr. Mitchell was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, as well as harassment in the second degree, disorderly conduct and appearance in public under the influence of a narcotic, all violations.

Both men were held overnight and arraigned Sunday morning in Southampton Town Justice Court. Their arraignment information was not immediately available.

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"Laced with embalming fluid" ? What were they thinking?
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Feb 19, 12 6:50 PM
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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Feb 20, 12 7:42 AM
They must have thought thy were DEAD,,,I can think of any other reason,
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Feb 19, 12 7:35 PM
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By allenfein (72), Southampton on Feb 20, 12 1:04 AM
Om nom nom
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Feb 20, 12 4:47 AM
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By SharonY (3), East Hampton on Feb 20, 12 8:01 AM
Isn't the state police barracks across the street from that crack house!?
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Feb 20, 12 9:34 AM
That's not a crack house it's a motel. The Barracks is on another road across the way. You don't want to be around there at night.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Feb 27, 12 11:04 PM
can't make this stuff up.
By lazymedic (100), southampton on Feb 20, 12 10:11 AM
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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Feb 20, 12 10:16 AM
Now, for the scientific version:

"Embalming fluid", is slang for PCP, or "angeldust". PCP dissolves in alcohol, and technically embalming fluid is in part methyl alcohol, but ether is far more effective, albeit explosive as a lacing agent. However, if you actually use formaldehyde, you're an idiot.

Of course, if you use PCP, you're an idiot to begin with.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 20, 12 6:33 PM
Thank you PO Kristian Lorusso for protecting our citizens from the Bowels of Society! He didn't just show up for work, he did his work!
By hamptonfoody (9), southampton on Feb 22, 12 8:59 AM
Worthless comments as usual, except for the one person who commended the police officer who was injured. Yeah, it's part of his job and he gets paid for it, but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve a pat on the back for being bitten by an animal. But as usual, people would rather talk about the less relevant aspects of the story.... Get a life...
By getalife (61), Southampton on Feb 27, 12 2:53 PM
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hamptonfoody is probably his partner ... but back on the point that the barracks is across the street? I thought by them moving to the heart of the problem (riverside) we would see crime go down. Why does it seem to not have changed with or without the barracks there.
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Feb 29, 12 5:35 PM
SHTownHB

To answer your question. They stay inside thier box.
By Bridgehampton (36), Bridgehampton on Mar 1, 12 12:16 PM