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Man injures officer during arrest at Hauppauge hotel, say cops

A man who appeared to be on drugs in a Hauppauge hotel tried to bash a Fourth Precinct officer with an end table, sending the policeman to the hospital with an injured arm, Suffolk police said Thursday.

Walter Crowell, 27, of Islandia, was fighting with employees at the Hyatt Regency on Motor Parkway about 11:30 p.m., police said, and when officers tried to arrest him on disorderly conduct charges, he became violent.

"He picked up an end table, this metal table that was in the lobby, and attacked the officer with it," said Fourth Precinct Insp. William Murphy. The officer "defended himself by putting his arm up and injured his arm and hand," he said.

The suspect was hit using a stun gun and taken to the Fourth Precinct, where he "created a scene," Murphy said. "He went wild. He was yelling and screaming. He was very emotionally excited."

Crowell was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, and he remained there Thursday, police said.

The injured officer, Patrick Halpin, was treated and released from St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, police said.

Halpin, a highly decorated officer with more than 20 years on the force, underwent tests Thursday to determine if his arm was broken, Murphy said. "It was very swollen and he was in great pain."

Crowell was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, second-degree assault on a police officer and third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of drugs.

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