Sep 17, 2015 10:36 AM

Man arrested on heroin charge after scuffle with Manchester police during suspected drug stop

MANCHESTER - Police arrested a man for possession of heroin and other charges after stopping a car that made a suspicious stop at Mike's Pub and Grub Wednesday evening in what appeared to be a drug stop.

Police say they were focusing on the neighborhood and watching for illicit activities when Officer Ryan Boynton saw a 2010 Chevy Malibu parked nearby and watched the two occupants enter the pub, leaving less than 10 minutes later.

The officer followed the car and stopped it at the corner of Lake Avenue and Elm Street after the driver reportedly failed to use his turn signal.

The driver was identified as Joseph Clancy of Merrimack and the passenger as Corwin Dukes, 51, also of Merrimack.

Two other officers arrived at the scene and and as they were questioning the men, one of the officers noticed Dukes was speaking as if he had something in his mouth. He grabbed Dukes and ordered him to spit it out.

This led Dukes to push back, causing both of them to fall to the ground, and leading to a fist fight and physical struggle. Both men sustained minor scrapes. Officers eventually handcuffed Dukes and retrieved the item from his mouth, which tested positive for trace amounts of heroin.

Dukes was arrested and charged with possession, falsifying physical evidence, resisting arrest and simple assault on a police officer.

He is scheduled to appear Thursday in the 9th Circuit Court of Manchester. Clancy, the driver, was cleared to leave the scene and was not charged or cited, police said.


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