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LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man, charged with injuring a policeman’s thumb during a July 24 drug arrest, was arraigned Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Claude J. Wilson, 35, of LaSalle Avenue, pleaded not guilty to third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree assault, resisting arrest and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

Assistant District Attorney Theresa L. Prezioso said Wilson allegedly had 2.38 grams of cocaine with him when the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over for a traffic violation in Niagara Falls. Wilson allegedly struggled with Officer William Kutis. Wilson, who also faces an unrelated drug charge in Erie County, was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail set by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.