Ryo First-Arai of Leeds pleads not guilty to assaulting police officers while high on mushrooms
NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds teenager Wednesday denied charges that he assaulted two Northampton police officers.
Ryo S. First-Arai, 19, of 523 Kennedy Road pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court to two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and one count of resisting arrest.
According to police, First-Arai’s father called 911 about 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, saying that his son had ingested psychedelic mushrooms and was destroying items in the house and running outside making threatening comments. Upon arrival, police found First-Arai hanging out of a second-floor bathroom window, according to court papers.
According to police, when officers grabbed onto his legs and began to pull him back inside, he responded by kicking, screaming and swearing. Officers John Perry and William Lebrun were treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital for exposure to First-Arai’s blood and saliva during the altercation, according to court records.
Witnesses told police that First-Arai and two friends had eaten the mushrooms about 9 p.m. the previous night before attending a concert in Northampton. The witnesses said they returned to the house about 2:30 a.m. and continued to drink alcohol.
After his arraignment Wednesday, First-Arai was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on Dec. 4.