MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING OFFICER

by Christian Mower on August 6, 2013

CONWAY POLICE SAY A 30-YEAR-OLD CENTER CONWAY MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER AFTER AN INCIDENT LATE MONDAY NIGHT IN CENTER CONWAY.

SGT. GEORGE WALKER SAYS OFFICERS RESPONDED ALONG WITH CENTER CONWAY RESCUE AND CONWAY AMBULANCE TO 8 REBECCA LANE SHORTLY BEFORE MIDNIGHT, AFTER GETTING A REPORT AN INTOXICATED MAN THERE WAS THREATENING TO KILL HIMSELF.

ON ARRIVAL, PATROLMAN RYAN MacLEAN FOUND JOSEPH LAPLANTE VISIBLY UPSET IN THE BACKYARD. LAPLANTE REPORTEDLY DID NOT RESPOND AS MacLEAN SPOKE TO HIM BEFORE ALLEGEDLY PULLING OUT A KNIFE AND MAKING THREATENING STATEMENTS.

MacLEAN TRIED TO CONVINCE LAPLANTE TO DROP THE KNIFE, THEN DISARMED HIM AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY AFTER LAPLANTE TRIED TO HURT HIMSELF.

MacLEAN SUFFERED CUTS TO HIS HAND AND HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FROM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY – AND IMMEDIATELY RETURNED TO DUTY.

THE ASSAULT CHARGE AGAINST LAPLANTE CARRIES A MAXIMUM PRISON TERM OF 30 YEARS IN THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE PRISON AND UP TO $4,000 IN FINES.

LAPLANTE WAS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN DISTRICT COURT IN CONWAY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

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