Pelham, NH officers almost struck by suspect in his attempt to escape arrest

PELHAM, N.H. (WHDH) — Pelham officers were almost struck by a suspect who they said was trying to escape arrest last week.

Officials said a woman called 911 from her home on Birch Lane because the suspect, Jon Brad James Jr., was illegally parked on her front lawn.

When police arrived, they said they found James sitting in his car on the woman’s lawn, slumped over and possibly sleeping. According to police, the officers woke James up and asked him to step out of his car. Instead, James allegedly put the car in drive and accelerated as one of the officers tried to reach for his keys.

Both officers were almost struck as James accelerated forward, turned his tires and ruined the woman’s lawn. Later Thursday evening, police said they located James in the same vehicle on Bridge Street in Dracut. Police arrested James and he was charged as a fugitive from justice. There were no injuries reported as result of James’ escape.

James appeared in Lowell District Court on last Friday and agreed he would return to New Hampshire to face criminal charges. On Monday, James appeared in court and was arraigned on two counts of felony reckless conduct, a violation of a restraining order, disobeying an officer and resisting arrest. He was held on $10,000 cash bail.

James posted bail Wednesday and will appear back at Hillsborough Superior Court at a later date.

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