Man accused of trying to choke police dog during arrest

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been accused of attempting to choke a state police dog as officers were trying to arrest him on other charges.

Manchester police found 45-year-old Keon Mercer, of Manchester, on New Year’s Day. They sought to arrest him based on outstanding arrest warrants stemming from a Dec. 3 car crash on charges of conduct after an accident, theft, and failure to appear.

A Hillsborough County grand jury indictment earlier this month alleges that Mercer tried to choke a police dog that police used during his arrest. Mercer was charged with willful interference of a police dog, a felony.

It wasn’t immediately known if Mercer had an attorney, and a phone number couldn’t’ be found for him.

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