Peterborough man struggles with officers at Big Apple

  • Joshua Cormier Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/11/2019 6:01:27 PM

A Peterborough man allegedly became combative with police during an arrest at the Big Apple parking lot on Sunday night.

Joshua Cormier, 32, of Peterborough, was arrested on multiple charges, including driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, following an altercation with police. 

At around 8:10 p.m. on Sunday, police received a call reporting an allegedly intoxicated drive in Peterborough. One of the officers on duty began searching for the vehicle. The second officer was assisting Bennington officers on a mutual aid call at the time.

Peterborough police located a vehicle matching the description of the alleged impaired driver at the parking lot of the Big Apple store and Shell gas station. The vehicle had driven onto the lawn and into a hedge, according to Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard in an interview Monday. 

“The officer approached the sole occupant, who was the driver, and he refused to produce his license or identify himself,” Guinard said.

Peterborough police, assisted by a Jaffrey officer, arrested Cormier and charged him with DWI – subsequent offense, disobeying an officer for refusing to identify himself, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and possession of drugs, believed to be marijuana. 

“The individual was arrested and placed into a Peterborough cruiser,” Guinard said. 

While police were arranging for Cormier’s vehicle to be towed, the second Peterborough officer returned from his mutual aid call. 

While Cormier was secured in the back of the police vehicle, he allegedly attempted to bring his handcuffed hands from his back to his front, by putting his legs through his cuffed arms.

“He became somewhat stuck, and the officers brought him out of the vehicle to re-handcuff him. It was at this time he became combative with the officer,” Guinard said. 

Police “quickly subdued” Cormier, and re-handcuffed him, Guinard said. 

Cormier told police his wrist was injured, and he was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital to be checked. He had bruising around his wrists, which Guinard said had been caused by his attempts to manipulate the handcuffs, and was released by the hospital.

The officers were not injured.

In addition to the charges already brought against him, police also charged Cormier with resisting arrest. 

He was released on personal recognizance bail and issued a court date of Feb. 21 at the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey. 


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on  Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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