By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — After leading Gilford Police on a miles-long chase and trying to disarm a police officer, a Manchester woman was ordered held on $50,000 cash-only bail after a negotiation between the County Attorney and her defense lawyer.
Police said an officer stopped Ashley Hodgdon, 25, of 254 Douglas St. Apt. 2 while she was near Blaisdell Avenue near the Lakeport-Laconia line Friday at 10:05 p.m. for defective equipment.
The officer said she allegedly gave him a false name and address but would not provide him with a driver's license. He said she appeared nervous and fidgety, and showed other signs of impairment.
A supervisor arrived and affidavits said the two of them asked her to step out of the car and talk with them. After asking repeatedly, police said she started her car and drove off with the two officers following her.
Police said they followed her through Laconia, along Route 106 through Belmont, Gilmanton, Loudon and Canterbury and at times reached speeds of 60 to 70 mph.
As they approached the Canterbury entrance to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, police said they noticed a state trooper had put down a stop strip. They said Hodgdon tried to go around it and drove her car off the road.
Affidavits said police approached the gun with their guns drawn and attempted to get her and her passenger to get out of the car. Police saw her try to start the car and drive away.
Since her door was locked and the window was up, police said they broke the driver's window with a baton and began a long struggle to get Hodgdon out of the car. She was sprayed with pepper spray and Tasered but continued to fight with the arresting officer. At one point she tried to take the supervisor's gun from him.
Affidavits said she was eventually placed in handcuffs and brought to the hospital where she was medically cleared. Back at the Gilford Police Department, Hodgdon allegedly provided police with a false name.
After verifying her identity with Concord Police she was charged with one count of reckless conduct for driving erratically, one count of felony reckless conduct for trying to take a police officer's gun from him, once count of simple assault on a police officer, one count of disobeying a police officer, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.
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