MANCHESTER, NH – Edward Morin, 51, of Manchester, was arrested Sept. 26, charged with kicking a police officer who attempted to take him into protective custody after bar patrons complained Morin was trying to start fights with them outside a downtown bar.
Officer Eric Joyal was patrolling Elm Street just after midnight when he was flagged down by a group from the Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., who told him a man who was acting disorderly was trying to start fights with bar patrons.
One of the bar bouncers pointed out Morin, who was near Hanover and Elm streets. Morin was walking, but according to police, he was extremely unsteady on his feet.
Officer Joyal detained Morin and immediately noted that he was highly intoxicated and could not care for himself, so Morin was placed into protective custody. Once handcuffed, Morin allegedly became loud and boisterous while waiting for the arrival of the transport wagon.
Officer Pat Mullen arrived with the transport wagon and conducted a search of Morin prior to placing him into the transport wagon. While doing so, Morin became hostile towards Officer Mullen. Morin was eventually secured and seat-belted into the back of the wagon, but as Officer Mullen walked out of the wagon, Morin kicked him on the side of his leg and made derogatory statements toward Mullen.
Consequently, Morin was charged with simple assault (on a police officer) and was released on $500 cash/surety bail. A court date was set for October 29, 2014.