Wanted NH man flees arrest, leading to brief pursuit and physical struggle with officer
MANCHESTER — A man wanted on a bench warrant fled police after they attempted to place him into custody, leading to a brief pursuit and a physical struggle with an officer.
Manchester police said an officer attempted to stop a man walking in the middle of a Manchester street around 12 p.m. on Friday. The officer observed Kevin Bemis, 34, of Manchester, walking in the middle of Douglas Street, instead of using a crosswalk, so he stopped to speak with him.
Dispatch advised that Bemis was wanted on an electronic bench warrant for driving after suspension/revocation, so the officer attempted to place him into custody. Bemis refused to comply with the arrest and began running west.
After a short pursuit on foot, the officer caught up to Bemis and once again attempted to arrest him. Bemis began to fight with the officer as he was transitioned to the ground. He elbowed the officer several times as he secured a handcuff on his left wrist.
Police said Bemis remained noncompliant while attempting to conceal a pill bottle underneath his body.
The altercation lasted several minutes, but the officer finally placed the second handcuff on his wrist and placed Bemis into custody. located 1.5 grams of fentanyl inside of the pill bottle Bemis attempted to conceal.
Police said they located 1.5 grams of fentanyl inside of the pill bottle Bemis attempted to conceal.
Bemis was charged with possession of controlled drug, simple assault, and resisting arrest/detention. He was arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on Monday.