Indictment in stolen car, attack
Police officers say man injured them
PETERBOROUGH — A Portsmouth man who allegedly attacked two police officers after he was arrested in Peterborough while driving a car that had been reported stolen was indicted recently on a felony charge of receiving stolen property.
Antwun Whitney, 26, also faces a variety of misdemeanor charges.
Whitney was arrested on March 2 by two Peterborough officers, Sgt. Vint Boggis and Sgt. Richard Nelson, who went to the intersection of Granite Street and Route 101 at about 11:30 p.m. after getting a report of a car crash. They found a Nissan Versa had gone off the road.
The driver, later identified as Whitney, was on the ground being treated by ambulance workers. When the officers learned that the Nissan had been reported stolen earlier that day in Jaffrey, they confronted Whitney, who jumped up and ran off.
According to Peterborough police reports, Whitney resisted arrest and the officers used a Taser three times to subdue him.
Police reports indicate that Whitney resisted arrest again after he was taken to the Peterborough Police Station,where he allegedly attacked Boggis and Nelson, slightly injuring both men before he was restrained for a second time.
“In 20 years of law enforcement, [it was] the most violent fight I’ve ever had,” Boggis said while testifying at a probable cause hearing on March 7, referring to the struggle police had with Whitney when they attempted to arrest him. “[Whitney] was extremely violent. ... A police officer got hurt and had to be looked at. I had to have both of my knees X-rayed.”
Whitney, who has been held in the Hillsborough County House of Corrections since his arrest, was indicted by a Hillsborough Country Grand Jury on May 15 on a Class A felony charge of receiving stolen property.
He’s charged with taking the Nissan Versa, knowing that it had been stolen or believing it probably had been stolen. The charge carries a potential penalty of 71∕2 to 15 years in prison.
Whitney is also facing four Class A misdemeanor charges, for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, resisting arrest, simple assault for pushing Nelson and simple assault for pushing Boggis and grabbing his arm. Each of the misdemeanor charges carries a potential penalty of up to 12 months in jail.
Both the felony charge and the misdemeanor charges will be tried in Hillsborough County Superior Court. Court dates have not been scheduled.
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