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Fremont man returned to face NH charges

Sunday News Correspondent

May 25. 2013 10:05PM


FREMONT - A local man who fled a traffic stop last month and was later caught in Massachusetts after allegedly assaulting a police officer, has returned to New Hampshire to face charges.

Andrew Decoito, 22, is being held at the Rockingham County jail after his arraignment Wednesday on several charges stemming from a police pursuit on April 14 in which he allegedly drove at 80 mph on Sandown Road - a street with a posted limit of 30 mph.

Decoito also faces unrelated charges resulting from a shooting outside his residence at 166 Main St. on Jan. 5.

In that incident, police allege Decoito used an AR-15 to fire as many as 30 rounds at an occupied car as it sped from his residence.

In a police affidavit related to last month's police pursuit, Fremont police Officer Kurtis L. Boissonneault said he was south on Sandown Road when he noticed a silver car with Massachusetts plates traveling north at a high rate of speed. Boissonneault turned around and was able to stop the vehicle at the intersection of Sandown and Chester roads.

"Once I pulled up behind the vehicle, it sped off around the vehicle in front of it," Boissonneault wrote in his report.

The car continued to "speed north" on Sandown Road at speeds of approximately 80 mph, the affidavit said.

He then allegedly turned north on Main Street and drove at speeds of 70 mph before turning into his residence.

He drove toward a wooded area behind the home and then ran off on foot, according to the affidavit.

Boissonneault said he called for him to stop, but he escaped into the woods.

Boissonneault later identified Decoito as the driver of the car through previous booking photos. A person at the home also confirmed that Decoito was the driver, the affidavit said.

At the time of the incident, police said Decoito had a suspended license and was out on bail following the January shooting.

Decoito is charged with speeding, reckless operation, two counts of disobeying a police officer, failure to yield at a stop sign, resisting arrest, driving after suspension and breach of bail conditions.

While on the run from Fremont police, Decoito was arrested on April 22 during a traffic stop in Groveland, Mass.

When Groveland police learned that he was wanted, Decoito allegedly gave a false name and became aggressive.

According to Groveland police, Decoito began yelling and swearing and is accused of pushing an officer and then trying to run away. Police used pepper spray to subdue him.

Decoito was arraigned Wednesday on the Fremont charges and ordered held on $2,500 cash bail.

Trial is scheduled for June 7.

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