By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Franklin man allegedly escaped through a window in a Belknap County Sheriff's transport vehicle while being taken from the Superior Court House to the jail.
Detective Sgt. William Wright said Wednesday that Anthony DeForge, 28, of 9 Pearl St. "slithered" out of the window when the deputy driving the car stopped for traffic at the intersection of Main and Pleasant Streets Tuesday afternoon.
The deputy called for assistance and pursued DeForge as he ran toward the Soda Shoppe but once he got a hold on him, he slipped and injured his right elbow.
DeForge continued running but an alert civilian pushed a bicycle into his path and he tripped on it.
DeForge, said Wright, was taken into custody by two members of the Laconia Police Department.
DeForge had appeared earlier in the Belknap County Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to sell methamphetamine after being arrested on an outstanding warrant by Tilton Police at Walmart.
While he was in court on Tuesday, DeForge was clearly upset and at one point interrupted his attorney who was arguing on his behalf for bail. There was some discrepancy about his criminal history as presented to the court with DeForge contending that some of the history belonged to his father and not him.
Presiding Justice James O'Neill reduced DeForge's bail from $25,000 cash-only to $15,000 cash or corporate surety and ordered the prosecutor and the defense to gather the correct criminal history for DeForge. Once the correct information was available, O'Neill said he would allow a second bail hearing.
Facing new felony charges of escape and resisting arrest, DeForge appeared again in the Belknap County Superior Court Wednesday and entered a plea of not guilty.
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