Watertown man accused of squeezing police officer’s hand while being fingerprinted for DWI arrest

WATERTOWN, NY — Brian S. Exford, 50, of 340 Arsenal St., Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 10:35 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building with second-degree obstruction of government administration and second-degree harassment.

He is accused of intentionally squeezing the hand of a Watertown police officer who was attempting to fingerpint him and allegedly pulled his hand away, according to court documents.

Mr. Exford was also charged at 9:29 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Arsenal Street with driving while intoxicated, unsafe lane change, failure to yield the right of way and improper signal. Police said he refused to submit to a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content.

He was being held on $500 police bail pending arraignment Tuesday morning in City Court.