LANSING, N.Y. — One man was pepper sprayed by police while another man briefly attacked officers during a DWI incident in the village of Lansing Monday night.

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The incident happened at 9:34 on the southbound lane on North Triphammer Road. Police said a gray 2015 Chevrolet was traveling at a high rate of speed and was subsequently pulled over by officers near Bush Lane.

Joshua C. Thompson, 19, was driving the vehicle. Police say he was taken into custody and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle after it was determined that he was driving while intoxicated. Thompson then started kicking and hitting his head against the vehicle partition and rear driver’s side window.

Police warned Thompson to stop damaging the vehicle before pepper spraying him. He was taken to Cayuga Medical Center in a Bang’s Ambulance and treated for the effects of being pepper sprayed.

While officers where handling the situation with Thompson, they said passenger Nathan A. Giroux, 20, of Ithaca, tried pushing past deputies to get to Thompson in the back of the patrol vehicle. When officers restrained him, they said  Giroux began kicking his feet, hitting deputies. He was taken into custody and police said they found a six-inch folding knife in his possession.

Both men were transported to the Tompkins County Jail.

Thompson was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol, unlawful possession of marijuana, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and excessive speed in a posted zone. His bail was initially posted at $1,000 and a jail official said Tuesday afternoon that he was released from custody earlier in the day.

Giroux was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. He’s scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. March 22 in the town of Lansing Court.

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Jolene Almendarez

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