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Man charged with attacking troopers on I-93

A Woburn man was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly attacked two state troopers and kicked out the window of a police cruiser on Interstate 93 southbound in Medford, officials said.

Nassive Palmer, 30, pleaded not guilty in Somerville District Court Friday to two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, malicious destruction of property over $250, and resisting arrest, State Police said.

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Palmer was released on his own recognizance on Friday’s charges, but was ordered held without bail on an outstanding warrant in Boston Municipal Court, said Stephanie Guyotte, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney.

That warrant was from an assault and battery charge on Wednesday, said State Police.

State troopers responded Friday after they saw Palmer and another driver pull to the side of the highway after a minor crash.

Palmer had rear-ended a Peabody man’s sedan at about 7:30 a.m., State Police said.

Trooper Nicolo Falco conducted a routine check and found that Palmer had an outstanding warrant.

Palmer allegedly became combative, pulling himself away from Falco, who was trying to handcuff him.

He allegedly began flailing his arms and hitting the trooper with his elbows. Palmer and Falco fell onto the hood of Palmer’s van and tumbled onto a guardrail, State Police said.

Another trooper arrived and the two subdued Palmer and put him in the back seat of a cruiser.

Palmer allegedly kicked out the passenger-side rear window and exited the vehicle, State Police said.

A third trooper secured Palmer’s legs with restraints, and he was taken into custody.

Palmer had minor cuts on his face because of the window’s broken glass.

He was treated by emergency medical responders on scene and refused additional medical attention, State Police said.

The first two troopers were injured in the struggle. They will seek medical attention on their own, State Police said.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.
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