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Fights in and around Manchester’s Victory Park bring police; two arrested

August 16. 2018 11:46PM

MANCHESTER - Police investigating two separate reports of fights at Victory Park Wednesday arrested two city men on various charges.

Officers were first called to the Chestnut Street park about 5 p.m., where they determined a fight had broken up but 20 to 30 people still were milling around, police said.

David Leblanc, 34, approached the officers and began screaming obscenities at them and at others in the park, despite people asking him to stop, police said.

When police tried to calm Leblanc and asked him to leave the park, he refused, police said. Leblanc struggled with officers trying to arrest him, hitting one of them on the back, according to a news release.

Leblanc was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and simple assault on a police officer. He was scheduled to appear in Manchester Circuit Court on Sept. 9.

Later in the evening, an officer patrolling the area around the park about 8 p.m. noticed a car stopped in the middle of Amherst Street and could hear someone inside the car arguing with people in the park.

As he approached, the car took off, running stop signs at Pine Street and beyond, police said, so a pursuit of the car was cancelled.

Using identifying information, police were able to track the car to 16 Walnut St., where they found Devin Wachenfeld, 23, and arrested him, police said.

Wachenfeld, who police learned had been in a minor accident as he fled earlier, was charged with disobeying a police officer and conduct after an accident. He was scheduled to appear in Manchester Circuit Court on Thursday.

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