Police: Man arrested on 11 charges overdoses while being taken into custody in NH
BARNSTEAD — A fugitive from Maine who police say overdosed while being arrested has pleaded not guilty to drug possession and attempted theft charges.
On Sunday, police responded to the report of a burglary on Varney Road. While an officer was on scene investigating, a second burglary report came into police from a homeowner also on Varney Road who said he interrupted someone attempting to steal his truck.
New Hampshire State Police along with Barnstead, Gilmanton and Alton police departments surrounded and searched the area for the suspect.
After a short search, a Barnstead officer spotted a man matching the description from the homeowner and chased him through a wooded and swampy area before apprehending the suspect.
The suspect, identified as Tyler Cann, 24, of Sanford, Maine, began to overdose as he was begin taken into custody, police said.
Cann told EMS that he had injected fentanyl shortly before the robberies and officers found a needle that contained fentanyl in Cann's possession, police said.
He was taken to Lakes Region General to be treated for the overdose and remained in police custody.
While investigating the robbery, police found that Cann was a fugitive from Maine accused of crashing a stolen car in Alton on Saturday. Police said Cann then drove the stolen vehicle to Barnstead where he abandoned it along Route 28.
Police said Cann continued to try to leave the area, stealing a kayak on Locke Lake before trying to steal a motorcycle that he was unable to start. He also broke into another car in that area and took items from it as well as stealing a bike, police said.
He was found in possession of multiple stolen items including a camera, iPhone, iPod, laptop and cash, police said.
Cann has been charged with being a fugitive from justice, possession of fentanyl, burglary, two attempted thefts of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and six counts of theft.
He was arraigned on Monday in Belknap County Superior Court where he entered a not guilty plea on all charges.