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Dog finds driver who abandoned wrecked car after Manchester street race, chase

November 04. 2013 9:58PM

MANCHESTER — Police said an officer at Lake and Maple streets spotted two cars road racing north on Maple Street at about 2:45 Saturday morning. Officer Ben Foster followed as a Honda Civic overtook the other vehicle and continued to increase speed, which Foster said was already about 70 miles per hour.

Police said the faster vehicle turned onto Laurel Street and Foster followed, with signals activated. But as the Honda sped away, reaching speeds Foster estimated as fast as 100 mph, he broke off the chase at Hall Street. The Honda was ignoring intersections and at least two stop signs. and from a distance, Foster saw the Honda crest the hill of Laurel Street, in the area of Milton Street.

When Foster reached the area, he saw the vehicle had gone off the road and crashed into a wooded area at the dead end. The driver had abandoned the heavily damaged vehicle.

But with the help of his dog, Moose, Foster tracked the driver to the area of Merrimack and Beacon streets, where the registered owner, Wilfredo Bonilla, 23, of 350 Lake Ave., was identified and arrested.

Bonilla was not injured, but Foster said there was an odor about him that is consistent with airbag deployment and, based on further investigation, police determined Bonilla had been the operator of the speeding Honda.

Bonilla was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of reckless conduct and misdemeanor charges of disobeying a police officer and conduct after an accident.

Bail was set at $15,000 cash/surety. A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Nov. 19 and trial on the misdemeanors was set for Dec. 4.

Heroin possession

Police said Christopher Cellura, 24, who lists the homeless shelter as his address, had heroin in his possession when arrested at Beech and Merrimack streets Friday on warrants charging him with receiving stolen property and theft by deception.

Cellura is accused of having stolen gold jewelry in his possession and selling it to a Manchester pawn shop Oct. 15. Bail was set at $10,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include bans on contact with the jewelry owner and with the pawn shop.

A probable cause hearing on the felony drug charge was set for Nov. 18 and trial on the misdemeanors was set for Dec. 5.

More charges

Police were already looking for Christopher Tessier, 17, of 25 Laval St., after he failed to appear for arraignment Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on criminal threatening and criminal mischief charges that allege he threatened a girlfriend in a phone call and smashed a man's windshield with a piece of asphalt Wednesday.

At about 2:30 Sunday afternoon, police responded to the Catholic Medical Center emergency room for a report of a fight outside. When they arrived, a 29-year-old man was standing next to his Honda, which he had reported stolen that morning. He told police he and his brother had spotted two teens in the vehicle in front of the ER and his brother confronted them.

The teens fled and the brother chased the driver, later identified as Tessier. The chase ended on Putnam Street, where Tessier allegedly swung an open folding knife at the man who had chased him and then folded the knife and discarded it on the sidewalk upon hearing police sirens approaching.

Police arrested Tessier and charged him with felony criminal threatening and falsifying physical evidence and misdemeanor taking a vehicle without the owner's consent.

Court documents show that when police asked Tessier about the other teen, he refused to identify him, saying: "I don't snitch." But his passenger, Daylen Zisis, 17, of 617 Rimmon St., was located in the area of Notre Dame Avenue and taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. Zisis was charged with resisting arrest and also held on a juvenile detention order. Both teens turned 17 in mid-October.

Tessier was arraigned on both sets of charges Monday in Circuit Court, where a probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for Nov. 18 and trial on the misdemeanors was set for Dec. 4.

Because bail conditions bar committing a new crime, Tessier's second arrest prompted police prosecutors to file a motion to revoke Tessier's bail and have him held until trial. A hearing on the motion was set for Tuesday morning.

Bail for Zisis on the resisting arrest charge was set at $500 personal recognizance and trial was set for Dec. 5.

Already out on bail

Siobhan Hameline, 27, of 323 Franklin St., Monday asked a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge for personal recognizance bail on two felony drug charges, saying she is a single mother and just started a new job.

Hameline was arraigned on a charge of possession of a narcotic drug, heroin, and one of possession of a controlled drug, clonazepam, for allegedly having the drugs in her possession Saturday at West Merrimack and Canal streets.

A police prosecutor had requested $5,000 cash/surety bail for Hameline. Judge William Lyons was willing to reduce the amount, to $3,000 cash/surety, but he said that since Hameline was already out on bail on a heroin possession charge in another jurisdiction, personal recognizance bail was not an option. A probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 18,

Accused of firing shots

A man accused of firing shots in the air during a dispute with another man early Saturday morning was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of reckless conduct and a misdemeanor of resisting arrest.

Police said officers were in the area of Lowell and Elm streets about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, dispersing disorderly groups, when they heard a gunshot.

They noticed four or five people in the roadway near Church Street and saw one man in the group point a handgun in the air and fire a shot. The officers ran after the man, around the corner and onto Church Street, where they saw him get into the front passenger seat of a stopped vehicle.

Sgt. Brandon Murphy and Officer Christian Horn were able to reach the vehicle before it drove off, ordering the gunman, identified as Kenneth Errico, 23, out of the vehicle. Police said a .40 caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle and two .40 caliber shell casings were recovered at Lowell and Church streets.

Police said the investigation determined Errico had fired into the air twice during a dispute with an unknown man while there was heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area.

Errico, of 212 Fox Hollow Way, could enter no plea to the felony charge in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 14. Trial on the misdemeanor was set for Jan. 7, 2014. Errico is free on $30,000 cash/surety bail.

Lying in the roadway

A police prosecutor Monday said Allen Proulx, 48, of 48 Henriette St., was charged with disorderly conduct because he wouldn't stay out of the roadway of the Bridge Street Bridge.

Police originally responded Saturday to a report of a man lying in a crosswalk. But after being removed from the roadway, police said he refused to stay out of the roadway and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Bail was set at $300 cash/surety for Proulx at his arraignment Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division. Trial was set for Dec. 5.

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