Man charged after fleeing traffic stop that resulted in injury to MPD officer

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MANCHESTER, NH – Jonathan Urena-Cherry, 23, of 579 Kimball St., Manchester, was arrested Aug. 22 at police headquarters after he turned himself in on warrants related to an Aug. 16 traffic stop that resulted in injury to a Manchester Police officer.

Urena-Cherry was pulled over August 16 at about 10 p.m. in the area of Somerville Street and Springhill Avenue for a motor vehicle infraction – misuse of plates, according to police. Urena-Cherry exited his 1999 Mercedes sedan to speak with Officer Eric McDuff. A short time later, Urena-Cherry went back to his vehicle to retrieve his registration. However, when he entered his car he instead started to drive away from the officer.

Officer McDuff attempted to stop Urena-Cherry by grabbing his left arm as he attempted to drive from the area. The car window shattered as the vehicle proceeded to drive away, causing several lacerations on the officer’s arm, police said. Officer McDuff fell to the ground and narrowly missed being struck by the fleeing vehicle. He then got into his cruiser and made one last attempt to stop the Mercedes as it traveled at a high rate of speed down Somerville Street, according to police. Officer McDuff lost sight of the vehicle, but was able to positively identify the driver.

Officer McDuff returned to police headquarters to complete the arrest warrants for Urena-Cherry after receiving several stitches to his right arm.

Urena-Cherry was charged Aug. 22 with reckless conduct; disobeying a police officer; resisting detention and habitual offender, and is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 23, 2016 after failing to post his $6,000 cash/surety bail.

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