By Carl Corry
A Wyandanch woman apparently high on drugs flew into a rage and assaulted two Northport police officers – biting one on the arm – as they attempted to transport her to Huntington Hospital last week, village police said.
Lt. Michael Cook said police received a report of a woman walking in the roadway on Main Street and Laurel Avenue at 10:45 a.m., and that it appeared she was on drugs and potentially a hazard to herself.
Terry Niakeya, 33, of Davidson Street, was arrested on two counts of second-degree felony assault and additional charges of fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Oct. 27.
“We needed to have her checked out and decided she needed to go to Huntington Hospital,” he said.
That’s when things got out of control.
Cook said Niakeya attempted to kick out the windows of the police car, and as he tried to restrain her feet, she bit his right arm, breaking the skin. He was treated with a tetanus shot and antibiotics.
Cook said Police Officer Jim Glozek also injured his lower back while trying to restrain Niakeya. He said she had tools such as a screwdriver and a slicing instrument -- items typically used for burglaries -- and cocaine in her possession.
Niakeya pleaded not guilty before Village Judge Paul Senzer and, as of Tuesday, was being held in Suffolk County jail in Riverhead awaiting to be arraigned in Suffolk County Court on the assault charges.