A large party at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham this past weekend drew the attention of local law enforcement officials and led to the arrest of one 21-year-old.
According to regional news publication the Union Leader, police officers responded to a call reporting a loud disturbance at a number of residences on Madbury Court on April 27 at around 4 p.m. Officials arrived to find approximately 500 people taking up the streets and lawns. When they attempted to break up the crowd, they were allegedly met with violence.
Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley told the source that individuals threw beer bottles and beer cans at the officers, striking one of them in the head and causing them to retreat and call for backup. When additional law enforcement officials showed up, the crowd continued to ignore their orders and reacted with violence, so the police deployed pepper spray and pepper balls to subdue them.
Wolfeboro resident Jordan Mahar was arrested and charged with riot, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
"We're absolutely disappointed with the behavior yesterday. We work hard to make sure our students understand they share their space with Durham residents," UNH's director of media relations, Erika Mantz, said. "We frequently talk to students about their role in the community, and we'll absolutely continue to do so."
If you're a college student in the Granite State who has made a mistake at a party and been accused of a crime as a result, be sure to enlist the help of an experienced New Hampshire criminal lawyer. These professionals can work on your behalf to ensure that you can move on with your life.