Concord man arrested in Mass. on assault, car theft charges
SALEM — Massachusetts State Police on Monday arrested a Concord man wanted in connection with a Saturday night confrontation with a rookie New Hampshire State Police trooper that involved a fight, pepper spray and a Taser blast, state police said.
Sean McGurk, 42, was arrested shortly after noon in Massachusetts. He is being held at Massachusetts State Police barracks in Newbury pending arraignment.
McGurk, who lives at 61 Washington St., Apt. A., Concord, allegedly fled into the woods after the confrontation off Interstate 93 and stole a car from a nearby home, state police said in a statement released Monday morning. Police said McGurk, who is 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, has a past history of aggressive behavior toward police and should be considered dangerous.
Police said McGurk suffered injuries in the escape. They said they suspected he might be hide out in the Haverhill, Mass., area.
Police said the incident started at 7:42 p.m. Saturday when Trooper James Powers pulled over on I-93 in Salem to assist a motorist in a disabled 1998 Volvo V70. Powers offered to help the motorist, but became suspicious of him. He started asking questions, and when McGurk started to flee, the fight ensued.
Other troopers and Salem police tracked McGurk to a residence where the car was stolen. The stolen vehicle was located at the Marshalls department store parking lot at the corner of routes 110 and 495 in Haverhill, Mass., police said.
Powers suffered minor injuries. McGurk will face charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, driving as a habitual offender and motor vehicle theft.