By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A man who allegedly dragged a police officer during a traffic stop in Belmont and who faces multiple additional charges stemming from his arrest Monday afternoon by Tilton Police, was ordered held on $100,000 cash-only or $150,000 corporate surety bail.
Hayden Moon, 24, whose last known address is 40 Ridgewood Drive in Gilmanton, waived his arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty to all of the charges.
During his arrest at a traffic stop on Church Street in Tilton, Moon was allegedly in possession of two credit cards that were reported stolen in Concord. Police affidavits said he also had some methamphetamine in his possession that he tried hiding under his buttocks during the traffic stop and while he was a passenger in the back seat of the car.
Moon is also charged with trying to escape from a holding cell in the Tilton Police Station by tying a string to a pen and using the handmade device to lift the latch of the cell door.
He also allegedly gave the officer who stopped the car a false name and is charged with filing a false report to law enforcement.
Affidavits from Tilton Police said a patrol officer stopped the car for defective equipment and the officer noticed one of the passengers seemed impaired from drug use. A second officer came to assist.
Police said that Moon, whom they hadn't yet identified, appeared to be sleeping but the other passengers either mumbled as to why he was sleeping and seemed to be avoiding eye contact with the officers.
When an officer knocked on Moon's window, he looked up and the officer noticed he used his left hand to drop of small square pink plastic bag next to his butt. Moon told the officer he was fine and wasn't using drugs. He told the officer his name was Tyler Wilkins and gave a birth date in 1992.
The others in the car denied knowing Moon and said he was a "transient" and that they were giving him a ride.
In the booking room at the police station, police said Moon kept insisting he was Wilkins and refused to answer personal questions about his family and his early life.
Police said they still hadn't identified Moon but knew he was lying, so they called a sergeant from the Northfield Police who positively identified him as Hayden Moon. After he was identified, police said he "hung his head" and admitted who he was.
The officer said he left the room briefly and that's when Moon tried to jimmy the latch with the pen and some string. When confronted and placed in handcuffs, Moon allegedly said, "Well, I tried."
Moon faces charges in Belmont for resisting arrest for allegedly driving away from an officer who came upon him as he was parked on South Road; for simple assault for allegedly dragging the officer with his car; and for felony reckless conduct for rapidly accelerating while the officer was standing in the partially opened door of Moon's vehicle dragging him. The state contends the car was a deadly weapon.
The officer fired his gun at some point during the altercation, but Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen requested the affidavits regarding the entire Belmont episode be sealed for 90 days while State Police investigate the shooting.
She cited a prior case in which the "qualified right of access to public documents" for a reasonable time to was denied to protect the state's "criminal investigation;" or for an investigation requiring special circumstances to prevent public access.
Guldbrandsen said Moon's attorneys have been given copies of the affidavits but cannot release them. The officer is on paid administrative leave.