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Ex-police officer must mount criminal defense in assault case

A high speed chase in New Hampshire's neighboring state of Massachusetts on Interstate 93 resulted in an arrest. As the handcuffed man was sitting on the ground, a now-former police officer from Salem, Massachusetts, allegedly assaulted him, stepping on his hands and hitting him in the head with a flashlight.

The 33-year-old had set off in his dark black Cherokee, with the police in pursuit shortly before 2 a.m. After driving down a highway in the opposite lane and turning on another street, the officers forced him to stop. According to investigators, this was the area where one of the arresting officers assaulted him.

A grand jury returned the indictments against the former officer. The ex-officer allegedly struck the arrestee when he was already restrained. The arrestee had pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, reckless driving and other misdemeanors just days before the indictments were issued.

The driver has already been sentenced to two year-long jail sentences; however, it is possible that he could be released after 12 months for good behavior. He will likely be called as a key witness for the prosecution if the criminal case against the former officer proceeds. Because the man allegedly committed the assault while on-duty as a police officer, there is possibility that he could end up state prison.

There are many ways one can end up facing criminal charges. Assault charges carry significant penalties, so it's important that a strong defense is built against the charges. Even though someone is arrested for a crime does not mean that he or she is automatically guilty. A New Hampshire criminal defense attorney will work to ensure that his or her client's rights are protected and that all avenues of defense are considered.

Source: Union Leader, "Ex-Salem cop indicted for assault of pursuit suspect" James A Kimble, Apr. 13, 2014

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