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Orchard Park police call for backups subduing recent parolee

Orchard Park police used pepper spray and called for assistance from other police departments Tuesday night while subduing an intoxicated man who had been paroled from prison less than two weeks ago.

Orchard Park officers first responded to a call of an unresponsive male lying facedown on the ground in the 5100 block of Berg Road at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when they found a “large, highly intoxicated male” and assisted him to his feet. As officers tried to arrange for transportation home for the man, police say he became “extremely uncooperative and antagonistic.”

The man refused to identify himself and “taunted officers repeatedly by handing over his parole ID card, only to yank it back when the officer reached for it,” police said. He “physically engaged one of the officers” and a fight ensued, police said. An officer used pepper spray, and some officers were overcome by its effects. Orchard Park then called for additional assistance, and officers from West Seneca and Hamburg responded.

After a lengthy struggle, the man was taken into custody and transported to the Orchard Park Police Department.

Donald A. Benzin, 33, of Buffalo was charged with trespass, obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree and resisting arrest.

Orchard Park police say Officers Patrick Rizzo and Robert Cirbus suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene by the Windom Volunteer Fire Company and Orchard Park EMS.