Dec 4, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 2, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Mass. man cleared of charges he dragged Salem police officer
William Manning was found not guilty of reckless conduct following his trial in Rockingham County Superior Court. (COURTESY)
BRENTWOOD - A Concord, Mass., man was cleared of charges that he dragged a Salem police officer directing traffic from an intersection near Canobie Lake Park in August 2010.
Judge Kenneth McHugh found William Manning, 56, not guilty of felony reckless conduct after a bench trial on Nov. 19 in Rockingham County Superior Court.
A court filing made public on Thursday says that Manning is now petitioning the court to annul his 2010 arrest. Police said Manning lost his temper with Officer Dave Hyatt and drove off with the officer in tow after being asked for his license and registration.
The defense adamantly denied that Hyatt was dragged by the vehicle and suggested early on in the case that there were conflicting accounts of Manning's interaction with Hyatt, according to court records.
Manning asked for a judge -instead of a jury - to decide the verdict in his case just before the trial.
Hyatt was directing traffic at the intersection of North Policy Street and Interstate 93 on Aug. 14, 2010, during the peak arrival time at Canobie Lake Park when he had his interaction with Manning.
Prosecutors argued that Manning drove past Hyatt when signaled to do so, but then turned around his Honda Odyssey, pulling up to the officer to yell at him. Police said that Manning and his passenger then began an expletive-filled tirade about Hyatt's ability to direct traffic.
Manning, his wife and three small children were in the vehicle at the time of the incident, police said. Hyatt asked Manning for his driver's license, and reached across the passenger's side to get it before he said he was dragged off by the minivan, according to prosecutors.
McHugh allowed defense lawyer Phil Utter to gain access to Hyatt's past worker's compensation claims made during his law enforcement career. Prosecutors argued that the records meant little.
Hyatt last filed for a worker's compensation claim in 1995, according to prosecutors. Hyatt was taken to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass. by Salem Fire and Rescue to be treated for a shoulder injury, scrapes and bruises, police said.
READER COMMENTS: 2
- Maine police search car belonging to husband of Londonderry shooting victim - 0
- Man arrested after chase, threatening to shoot police in Bow - 0
- Good Samaritan pins Manchester purse snatcher - 1
- Police look for Laconia sub shop robber - 0
- Claremont man indicted on two charges of arson - 0
- Police hunt pair they believe attacked couple at Rochester motel - 0
- Phone evidence likely allowed in Hampstead home invasion trial - 0
- Grand jury indicts one of three men accused in murder of Madbury teen - 0
- Piano teacher wants statement tossed before sex assault trial - 1
READER COMMENTS: 2
- Homeless man who saved woman from river: 'I don't consider myself a hero' - 9
- High School Basketball: Rivalries renewed in QCIBT - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Will they get everything on their list? - 0
- Tuohy brothers add new restaurant in familiar spot - 1
- New Horizons volunteers deliver groceries and good cheer, making Christmas special - 0
- Charles Arlinghaus: The fiscal mismanagement in Washington is a choice - 26
- 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' - 0
Londonderry schools placed on lockdown after soldier's unplanned visit to high school causes alarm
- Whom do you think bears the brunt of the blame for the mayhem this weekend in Keene?
- KSC students
- KSC administration
- Visitors from out of town
- A combination of any/all of the above
- Total Votes: 2483