LACONIA — A city man who allegedly took two partial swings with a two-by-four at a city police officer is being held on $5,000 cash bail after his video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday.
James Eddy, 24, of 210 Endicott Street North, #7, is charged with one felony count of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Affidavits obtained from court said police responded to Eddy's address when they got a report that he was smashing out the windows of his car and possibly setting his cottage on fire.
When the officer arrived he said he saw Eddy holding a two-by-four stick of lumber, that the windows of a silver Subaru wagon were smashed and there was glass on the ground next to the car.
The officer said he repeatedly ordered Eddy to drop the piece of wood but Eddy maintained his "fighting posture" and took two partial swings at him. Eddy allegedly took a step in the direction of the officer but backed up several steps, dropped the wood and ran.
Affidavits said a backup officer and the Fire Department arrived to assess the cottage and Eddy's allegedly threats to burn it down. The two officers began looking for Eddy who fled north toward Meredith.
They found him in front of 220 Endicott Street North standing in fighting position in the middle of the northbound lane of Rte. 3. Police told him to come to the side of the road but he allegedly refused and began walking east on Tower Street.
At some point Eddy began to run and the two officers chased him briefly. When they got within 20 feet, Eddy put his hands in the air and stopped. He allowed himself to be cuffed.
One of the officers took him to Lakes Region General Hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Laconia's prosecutor argued for $5,000 cash bail saying Eddy was a danger to himself and others. He said he would agree to having bail convert to personal recognizance should Eddy secure a spot in the N.H. State Hospital.
Eddy is represented by the N.H. Public Defender's Office, whose attorney argued for $5,000 personal recognizance, saying Eddy was already being treated at Genesis Behavioral Health, that he lives near his parents, and that the Belknap County House of Corrections was no place for him
Carroll ordered that he be held on cash-only bail unless he could get admitted to the State Hospital. Should he post bail, he is prohibited from possessing alcohol, non-prescribed drugs, and weapons. Carroll also ordered that Genesis be involved in any release plan.