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August 12, 2013

Lockport man Tasered for resisting arrest

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Lockport man is facing a number of charges for resisting arrest, an incident that led to a Taser being used on him.

Brandon M. Howard, 26, 430 East Union St., Lockport was charged with criminal impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, operating a motor vehicle with obstructed vision and operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electronic device.

Becca R. Bliemeister, 20, 195 Fowler St., Kenmore was charged with obstruction of governmental administration.

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies reported seeing Howard driving east on Saunders Settlement Road Monday morning in Lewiston with the driver's side view obstructed and while he was allegedly using his cell phone.

A check of the vehicle's registration showed it had been stopped within the past week, deputies said. Several names were listed in the traffic stop, with one showing an arrest for an outstanding warrant. At the traffic light on Saunders and Lewiston-Cambria Townline Road, a deputy pulled over the vehicle Howard was driving.

According to the arrest report, the deputy asked for Howard's license but instead Bliemeister handed him the registration and insurance for the vehicle, which was hers. Howard said he did not have his license with him and told the deputy his name was James Howard. The deputy, thinking Howard was giving a false name, had Bliemeister get out of the vehicle so he could talk to her over by the patrol car.

Bliemeister reportedly said the driver's name was James Edward Howard. When asked again, Howard said his name was James Douglas Howard but goes by Brandon in Lockport.

According to the registration check, Brandon M. Howard's license was suspended. So, the deputy took Howard into custody. Howard's left wrist was handcuffed when he started to pull away from the deputy, the arrest report said.

Repeatedly, Howard was told to put his hand down and put it behind his back but he refused, deputies said. The deputy struck Howard with a knee to his hip and again told him to put his hand behind his back. Howard reportedly refused again, so the deputy struck Howard in the face, the report said.

Howard kept refusing, dropping his right arm down to his side, deputies reported. The deputy used a Taser, which allowed the deputy to handcuff Howard's other wrist.

Howard was taken to Niagara Town Court for arraignment, while Bliemeister was taken into custody and transported to Niagara County Jail on $500 bail. She was given an appearance ticket for today in Lewiston Town Court.

During arraignment, Howard was reportedly kept using obscene, vulgar language. He was taken to jail on $1,000 bail and is set to return Aug. 20 to Lewiston Town Court.