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Bedford man crashes into Manchester cruiser, faces 5 charges

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 23. 2017 9:53AM

MANCHESTER — A Bedford man is charged with five offenses after trying to evade a Manchester police officer, striking a police cruiser at one point, officials said.

@Body Copy:Stephen Lesassier, 30, was scheduled to be formally charged and bail arrangements made later Thursday following his arrest early Thanksgiving Day morning.

Lt. Joseph Mucci made a traffic stop after noticing a driver speeding at about 12:40 a.m. in the area of Pleasant and Elm Streets downtown.

Initially, Lesassier complied with Mucci’s request that he stop the vehicle but before Mucci could get to the car it accelerated east on Central Street.

Soon after that point, Mucci saw Lesassier’s car in the parking lot of the Radisson Hotel.

Police said Mucci entered the parking lot and again, the driver tried to flee, striking the Manchester police cruiser.

Right after the crash, Lesassier tried to again take off on foot but was soon arrested by Mucci and assisting officers, police said.

Lesassier faces charges of reckless conduct, criminal mischief, conduct after an accident, resisting arrest and disobeying a police officer.

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