LACONIA — A young city woman who was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant for criminal threatening allegedly tried to hide from police Sunday evening by going into the Winnipesaukee River.
Briana D'Amore, 18, whose last known address was 192 Union Avenue, allegedly ran from a police officer around 6 p.m. when he saw her on the corner of Union Avenue and High Street and tried to hide by going into the river and crawling up on a platform under the Main Street Bridge.
The platform was built by construction crews that are working on the bridge reconstruction project.
For about an hour crews from both the Police Department and the Fire Department searched for D'Amore and at one point thought she was in the river.
People lined both sides of the river on the Stewart Park and Rotary Park sides to see what was happening.
Firefighters used their mobile rescue boat and headed up the Winnipesaukee River. Joining them in the boat was Laconia Police Officer Richard Carlson.
Coming down the river was a small fishing boat whose occupants to told to get out of the river and moor their boat while police were trying to convince D'Amore to surrender and come with them.
Carlson and firefighters were able to pull her into their boat without capsizing it and she was brought to shore to two waiting police officer near the pathway to the kayak launching spot in Rotary Park.
D'Amore, who was dripping wet and shivering, was escorted, in handcuffs, by two officers to a waiting ambulance. She was bundled in warm blankets and taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for evaluation for hypothermia.
Police said she will be charged with two counts of resisting arrest. She has not yet been scheduled to appear in court.
D'Amore was clearly distraught and told arresting officers that they wouldn't be arresting her if they had gone through what she had gone through.
CUTLINE: (Driana D'Amore) A Laconia firefighter and a police officer bring a local woman into the rescue boat last night after she ran from police and tried to hide under the Main Street Bridge. Two men in a fishing boat were told to temporarily moor so as not to interfere with rescue crews.
CUTLINE: ( Driana D'Amore) Two Laconia police officers escort Briana D'Amore up the kayak access on Beacon Street East to a waiting ambulance where she was evaluated.
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