(FreedomJournal.org)- A Democratic mayor of a town in upstate New York got himself into a little bit of trouble this week. Police arrested him on Tuesday, after a pursuit in which he threw a bag of crack cocaine out of the window of his car.
Timmy Currier, the mayor of Massena, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having crack cocaine, which is a misdemeanor. He was also charged with a felony — tampering with physical evidence — as well as failure to comply with a police officer.
The St. Lawrence County sheriff’s department arrested him. On Wednesday, Currier announced he would be taking a leave of absence from his position.
According to reports from the sheriff’s office, Currier didn’t pull over after police tried to initiate a traffic stop. He continued driving for almost a third of a mile through a village.
Officers then said they saw Currier throw something out of his passenger window before he finally stopped his vehicle. It was later determined that the item he threw was a bag with roughly one gram of crack cocaine.
According to Sean O’Brien, the undersheriff of St. Lawrence County, said Currier was held at gunpoint while he was being arrested. Video on social media circulated Tuesday of the mayor being pressed against his vehicle and handcuffed in a residential area.
Back in 2014, Currier became mayor when he won 74% of the vote over his Republican challenger, James Hidy. Before becoming mayor, he served as police chief of Massena and also served on the police force of the village for 26 years.
On Wednesday, Currier issued a statement that read:
“Some time ago, I made some poor decisions that unfortunately led me down a path resulting in my arrest on Tuesday, December 1st. I cannot express how embarrassed and disappointed in myself and for my family and friends.
“I want to apologize to my family and friends who continue to show me unconditional love during these difficult times.
“Please remember that the Village of Massena employees and staff do incredible work for this community each and every day. My poor decisions should not reflect negatively upon them in any way.”
After appearing before a judge in Morristown, Currier was released on appearance tickets.
Officials with the county as well as the District Attorney’s officer held a press conference on Wednesday, where they confirmed they were investigating Currier for the last few months. The mayor was apparently the center of their drug investigation.
Joseph Lightfoot, a Republican on the county Board of Legislators, said Currier was “a very good friend” of his. Lightfoot is a retired state police officer. On Tuesday night, he commented:
“Surprised is an understatement. I’m shocked.
“If they (the accusations) are true, it’s a shameful thing that an elected public official, especially one whose background is in law enforcement, is suspected in unlawful activity.”
Police as well as Homeland Security are still investigation the drug-related activity.