Pelham man accused of trying to run down officers
BRENTWOOD - A Pelham man who was shot by police officers following a high-speed pursuit through two towns has been indicted for attempted first-degree assault and 10 other charges.
Grant Hebert, 22, is accused of driving his car through a metal gate while trying to run down two Windham police officers in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, according to investigators.
The shooting happened after Hebert led police on a pursuit that wound through Tallant Road in Pelham and into Windham, where his vehicle spun out and crashed into a wooden fence. Hebert kept driving in the field and allegedly rammed the left side of the cruiser driven by Pelham police Officer Eugene Stahl. Hebert later crossed into an abutting property, then drove through a metal gate at at Windham police Officers Shane Mirisola and Christopher Van Hirtum, state investigators said.
Mirisola fired several rounds at the car and dived out of the way, state investigators said.
Van Hirtum and Stahl also fired upon the vehicle, not knowing whether Mirisola had been struck by the car, according to state investigators.
Hebert's car crashed into the rear of another police cruiser.Despite the crash, Hebert allegedly tried to accelerate the car and flee. Mirisola fired a second volley of bullets into the car as it tried to drive off, according to investigators.
An investigation by the state Attorney General's Office concluded that Hebert's driving posed enough of a threat to justify the use of deadly force. Hebert could face up to 10 to 30 years in state prison on one of the assault charges.
A Rockingham County grand jury indicted Hebert on two counts of aggravated first-degree assault, three counts of reckless conduct, three counts of criminal mischief and single counts of aggravated drunken driving, drunken driving and disobeying a police officer.
He will be arraigned later this month in Rockingham County Superior Court.