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Danville man admits to fighting with trooper

Postby curt » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:56 am

June 9, 2011
Danville man admits to fighting with trooper

By Paul Tennant ptennant@eagletribune.com

HAVERHILL — A New Hampshire man who admitted he fled after a state trooper stopped him on Route 125, then led the officer on a foot chase through several Melrose Avenue yards and fought with the lawman was placed on probation for two years yesterday.

Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany told Michael Banks, 33, of 52 Old Johnson Road, Danville, N.H., that he could have been locked up for 21/2 years just on the charge of assault and battery on a police officer. Banks, described by his lawyer, Erich Vogt, as being "very intelligent," was also charged with resisting arrest, speeding and failure to stop for police.

Trooper Matthew Topping, assigned to the Newbury State Police Barracks, wrote in his report that Banks was driving his 2009 Chevrolet at 80 mph on the northbound side of Interstate 495 at 4 a.m. April 20. Banks left I-495 at the Route 125 exit and stopped after Topping put on his blue lights.

But when the trooper got within 2 feet of Banks' vehicle, he sped off, according to his report. Topping wrote that he pursued Banks onto Northwood Terrace and Melrose Avenue.

On the latter street, Banks got out of his car, left it in drive and the vehicle came to a stop in a front yard, the trooper wrote. Topping then chased Banks through several yards, got him on the ground a few times, only to have the defendant break free each time and continue running, according to the police report.

At one point, Banks punched Topping in the side of the head, the trooper wrote. Topping gave Banks a burst of pepper spray and finally subdued and handcuffed him with the help of a Haverhill officer, police said.
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Re: Danville man admits to fighting with trooper

Postby AlfredTwo » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:28 pm

How does someone who is "very intelligent" do something like that?
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