Police say heroin found on man who ran from downtown traffic stop

LACONIA — A local man was arrested by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department yesterday afternoon and charged with two counts of possession of narcotics after he fled from a car involved in a routine traffic stop at 4 p.m.

Sheriff Craig Wiggin said Joseph D. Morrissette, 23, of 205 Court Street ran from the sheriff's deputy who chased after him. The driver of the car apparently drove away.

He said Deputy Justin Blanchette caught up with Morrissette in the municipal parking lot off Main Street and Morrissette refused to obey his commands to stop.

Morrissette resisted arrest and Blanchette used pepper spray to try and subdue him. When Morrissette refused to cooperate, Blanchette zapped him with his Taser stun gun.

Police said they found heroin and cocaine in Morrissette's possession.

Morrissette is charged with one count each of possession of heroin and cocaine, one count of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, and simple assault. He is also charged with breach of bail.

During the arrest procedure, Blanchette suffered a scrape to his left knee and a small cut on his chin. Morrissette also had some scrapes to his arms.

Both men were evaluated by Laconia Fire Department personnel.

At the time of his arrest yesterday afternoon, Morrissette was free on $15,000 personal recognizance bail for an arrest on April 19.

In that incident he was stopped for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road at 3 p.m.

When police stopped him, they noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car. A K-9 from Gilford was requested and police allegedly found between one and two ounces of marijuana packaged for sale as well as a significant amount of money.

Morrissette was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and for possession of marijuana. The case is still pending.

He was also charged with one count of driving while intoxicated.

Wiggin said that after his arrest yesterday, Morrissette refused the services of a bail commissioner and will appear this morning for arraignment in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division. Wiggin said the sheriff's prosecutor will be requesting some amount of "high cash bail."

CAPTION:(Morrissette) Belknap County Sheriff Sgt. William Wright escorts Joseph Morrissette into the back seat of his cruiser. Morrissette is charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute. He was arrested by a Belknap County Sheriff's deputy yesterday afternoon on Main Street in Laconia after a routine traffic stop. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

CAPTION: (Morrissette2) Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin catalogs the things taken by police from Joseph Morrissette yesterday afternoon after his arrest for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute. Inside the blue rubber glove is evidence, some of which Wiggin said will be forwarded to the N.H. Crime Lab for further testing. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)