CENTER HARBOR — The man alleged to have deliberately struck Police Chief Mark Chase with a car on June 6 has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for one felony count of second degree assault and one felony count of reckless conduct.
Matthew McKeen, 27, of Laconia is also charged with three misdemeanor counts of disobeying an officer, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and one count of conduct after an accident.
The two felonies, one of the charges of disobeying an officer and the charge of conduct after an accident, allegedly occurred in Center Harbor. The two counts of disobeying an officer and the aggravated driving while intoxicated charge were from the aftermath of his alleged assault on Chase, when McKeen allegedly refused to stop for Meredith Police after he fled from Center Harbor.
According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Chase was on patrol just before midnight on June 6 and noticed a Subaru Forester parked in the parking lot of the Center Harbor ball field on Dane Road. Chase's car — a fully marked patrol car — was facing McKeen's car. Chase said he saw a man in a red shirt sitting in the front driver's seat.
Chase said the Subaru began to back up so he turned on the cruiser spot light and the blue lights and got out of his cruiser. McKeen stopped backing up and gave Chase a hand signal. Chase said he told McKeen to stop, but McKeen allegedly accelerated toward him and struck him with the left side of his car.
Chase, who was dressed in a full police uniform, was knocked to the ground but was able to report what had happened. He sustained some minor abrasions to his arms and one leg. A police broadcast was issued for McKeen's Subaru.
About 30 minutes later, a Meredith police officer saw the car on Route 3 and noticed the driver's side mirror was pushed in. When he attempted to stop the car, McKeen allegedly fled for a second time and was pursued by the officer until he crashed on Pickerel Pond Road in Laconia, which runs between Parade and Meredith Center Roads.
McKeen will be arraigned sometime next week.
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