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Manchester woman rolled car then kicked, bit and spit at officers

By PAT GROSSMITH
New Hampshire Union Leader

June 10. 2015 8:21AM
SAMANTHA GLEASON 



MANCHESTER - A woman, helped out of her crashed car Wednesday morning by a police officer and a good Samaritan, later lashed out at officers, kicking five of them, spitting on another and biting yet another on the hand, police say.

According to police, the erratic behavior of Samantha Gleason, 29, of  484 Spruce St., who denied involvement in the crash and told officers the 2000 Subaru Legacy was not hers even though it was registered in her name, is indicative of someone being under the influence of an illegal drug.

The rollover crash happened just after 2:30 a.m. near 240 Spruce St.

When Sgt. Richard Brown arrived on scene, he found the car on its left side in the middle of the street with several bystanders around it.

Brown and bystander James Heath, 31, of Manchester, removed Gleason from the car. She had a small cut to the right side of her head and no other significant injury, according to Brown.

Gleason denied being involved in the crash, said the car wasn't hers and refused to identify herself, police said. She also laughed at Brown's questions and then allegedly began yelling profanities, seemingly oblivious to the seriousness of the incident, according to investigators.

Police said Gleason's Subaru struck a 2004 Dodge Durango, owned by Jorge Gutierrez-Ortiz, 38, of Manchester, which was parked at 240 Spruce St. and likely caused the Subaru to flip over.

Officer Cody Healy took over the accident investigation, continuing to document Gleason's alleged erratic behavior. She refused medical treatment on scene and, police said, began a second profanity lace tirade aimed at police and bystanders.

Gleason ultimately was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor or drugs.

However, police said she continued to be agitated and refused to be arrested, allegedly kicking Healy as he handcuffed her.

Officer Kyle Daly drove up with the transport wagon and tried to secure her in the back of it. Glean allegedly kicked him in the leg.

Police said Gleason remained highly uncooperative throughout the booking process, allegedly spitting on Lt. Michael Begley before kicking two more officers.

She ultimately was transported to Elliot Hospital as a precautionary measure to ensure she did not sustain any serious injuries from the crash. But when officer Max Rahill attempted to fasten her seat belt for the trip, she allegedly bit his hand and kicked him.

Gleason remains at Elliot Hospital and is not expected to be arraigned today in 9th Circuit Court - Manchester District Division.

In addition to the driving under the influence charge, Gleason was arrested on seven counts of simple assault, conduct after an accident, and disobeying a police officer.

None of the officers required medical treatment.




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