Bystander assists injured officer after tussle during arrest in Chipotle parking lot

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MANCHESTER, NH –A bystander gave an assist to a Manchester Police officer who was  injured during a confrontation with a man in the Chipotle parking lot Sunday morning.

According to a police narrative, , at approximately 10 a.m. on Oct. 18,  Officer Andre Smith observed an older model Mercury Marquis with a broken brake light traveling south on South Willow Street, near March Avenue. Officer Smith activated his cruiser lights and the vehicle pulled into the Chipotle parking lot, located directly across from March Avenue.

The driver, identified as Ryan Wilson, 35, no fixed address, of Manchester, drove through the parking lot and proceeded toward the northern most egress of the Chipotle parking lot. He finally stopped his vehicle once his front tires reached the roadway on South Willow Street. Wilson immediately exited his vehicle and became confrontational with Officer Smith.

Officer Smith told Wilson to get back into his vehicle so he could conduct his inquiry into the motor vehicle infraction. Instead, the Wilson continued arguing with the officer while initially refusing to provide his license and registration. Wilson eventually provided his registration but again refused to give Officer Smith his driver’s license. Officer Smith advised Wilson that he was being placed into custody for disobeying a police officer, but Wilson became combative and pulled away from Officer Smith. Wilson began screaming and yelling at the officer and claimed he had no right to arrest or detain him. Wilson allegedly knocked Officer Smith to the ground as he pulled away from him, causing an injury to Officer Smith that required medical treatment.

At that point, Richard Bazin, 71, of Manchester, a bystander who watched the incident unfold, entered the fray and assisted Officer Smith while helping to subdue Wilson. Wilson was transported to police headquarters and charged with disobeying a police officer, resisting arrest/detention and disorderly conduct.

Wilson was released on $1,000 personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on November 24, 2015.

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