Tilton man charged with trying to bite Laconia officer attempting to restrain him

LACONIA — A Tilton man spent Sunday night in jail after allegedly trying to bite a police officer who was booking him for driving while intoxicated.

Joseph M. Buckley, Jr., 51, of Dublin Drive is charged with one count of resisting arrest, one count of assault on a police officer and one count of driving while intoxicated.

Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Buckley was stopped by police at 7:19 p.m. after a man called to report an erratic driver on Weirs Boulevard.

Police stopped him by Laconia House of Pizza and said Buckley voluntarily took a field sobriety test. The arresting officer said he swayed when he got out of the car and needed to hold on to it for support.

After Buckley was arrested and taken to the Laconia Police station, he allegedly became irate and refused to fill out an administrative license suspension form. He also refused to answer any questions related to his arrest or identify.

When told he was being transported to the Belknap County House of Corrections, he stood up but allegedly resisted the officer's attempts to handcuff him.

A struggle ensued and after the officer took him to the floor and got the handcuffs on his left hand, he allegedly began to thrash and kick. After numerous warnings the officer deployed pepper spray.

Buckley allegedly yelled, "Did you just spray me, bitch," and grabbed the officer's right forearm and tried to bite her. When he tried to flip her onto her back, a second officer assisted getting his other hand into the handcuffs.

As the two were escorting him to a cruiser he became combative and continued to struggle. Police said he pulled away from them and fell to the floor and hit his lip.

He was seen by an EMT and taken to Lakes Region General Hospital by an for treatment for a cut lip and then taken to jail.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered him held on $3,000 cash bail $10,000 personal recognizance bail. Buckley posted $500 yesterday and is free provided he post the remaining $2,500 by tomorrow at 4 p.m.