Man may face deportation after leading police on chase in Merrimack
MERRIMACK — A man may face deportation after two criminal incidents in one week.
Reynardo Dejesus Rodriguez Placencia appeared in court Tuesday after police said he assaulted a woman known to him at her place of work. As Placencia was leaving the court he was followed by a marked van from the Merrimack County Sheriff's office. The department was working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officials said.
Placencia is from the Dominican Republic and is living in Nashua, according to court paperwork.
Not far from the courthouse officials following Placencia witnessed him run a red light and cause a hit-and-run accident.
"The defendant was driving, ran a red light, hit a car at Dunkin' Donuts and fled the scene on foot," said Merrimack Police Prosecutor Lisa Rick.
Police were eventually able to apprehend Placencia with the help of a police K-9.
Placencia appeared in court Thursday to face several charges including 3 counts of resisting arrest, disobeying a police officer and conduct after an accident.
Placencia's defense attorney said his client wasn't doing anything illegal when he left the court and the incident was caused because he was being followed in his vehicle.
"This entire incident was precipitated, in my opinion, by immigration," said Defense Attorney Adam Bernstein.
Bernstein argued for lower bail, saying his client is not a flight risk and wants to remain in the country.
The judge ordered bail to be set at $10,000 cash or surety.
Family members in the court declined to speak with NH1 News.
Placencia is due back in court on December 15th.