CONCORD — Three police officers were injured — two of them severely — fighting a man free on bail in downtown Concord early Tuesday morning.
Concord Police Lt. Sean Ford said the man — identified as Christopher Holland, 22, of Concord — shook off the pain of being tasered and continued to punch and kick officers until eventually subdued.
“We believe that drugs were a factor in this incident,” said Ford, who added Holland is well-known to the police department.
“He’s been arrested five times since Jan. 1 this year, and numerous times before that,” said Ford. “He was picked up this month for breach of bail, and then released on bail.”
According to Ford, Concord police responded about 6:58 a.m. Tuesday to the Suds Appeal Laundromat at 47 Washington St. to investigate a report of a suspicious person.
“The owner called and said the man was loitering, and at one point actually fell asleep outside the business,” said Ford.
Upon arrival, an officer made contact with a man identified by police as Holland, and issued him trespass paperwork as he began to walk away.
According to Ford, as Holland left the area he began walking in traffic and standing in traffic lanes, impeding morning commuters.
“The officer told him (Holland) to use the cross walks, but he continued into the roadway on North Main Street and started acting the same way in traffic,” said Ford. “An officer then attempted to take him into custody, two other officers arrived and Holland started fighting with them.”
According to Ford, Holland began punching and kicking the officers. A taser was deployed, but Ford said it didn’t slow Holland down.
“We believe the taser was deployed properly, but it proved ineffective,” said Ford.
According to Ford, Officer Steven Carter received a “significant” injury to an extremity and is under medical care. Officer Danika Gorham also sustained an injury to an extremity and is being evaluated. Officer Charles McCullough suffered cuts and abrasions during the fight. Both Carter and Gorham were sent to a local hospital where they were treated and released, Ford said.
So far, Holland is charged with three counts of simple assault and resisting arrest and he was cited for a pedestrian roadway violation, according to police.
Ford appeared Tuesday in Concord District Court and was ordered held on $10,000 cash-only bail.
At the time of Tuesday’s altercation with police, Ford said, Holland was out on bail after being arrested on a breach of bail charge during a drug raid on Rollins Street earlier this month.
Ford said Holland has been arrested five times since January. In one of those cases, an early morning arrest in early February, Ford noted Holland was charged after being found behind the White Mountain Gourmet Coffee shop on Pleasant Street with two active warrants out on him. Holland also has been charged with resisting arrest, loitering, felon in possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled drug and possession of burglary tools.
According to police, over the past few years Holland has been arrested and indicted on multiple drug and possession charges, along with second-degree assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, failure to appear, driving after revocation, receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of alcohol, and warrants, by police in Concord and Manchester.