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August 9, 2011

Police: Defendant said they had no right to arrest him

HAVERHILL — When Sgt. Stephen Doherty confronted Avery Walker with a warrant for his arrest at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Walker insisted the police officer had no right take him into custody, Assistant District Attorney Jay Flynn said in Haverhill District Court yesterday.

Walker, 18, of 93 White St., became emotional and tearful and resisted when Doherty and other officers placed him in handcuffs outside his home, Flynn said.

Doherty charged Walker with resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. He was convicted on those same charges June 8 and received a 30-day jail sentence, suspended for 6 months, according to court documents.

Walker also faces a charge of domestic assault and battery, stemming from a July 17 arrest. Judge Patricia Dowling revoked his bail on that charge and ordered him held pending a final surrender hearing Sept. 7.

Walker has not done well on probation, Probation Officer James Sagris told the court.

"He was swearing at me the first time I met him," Sagris said. Walker failed to attend a substance abuse program that was a condition of his probation and has tested positive for drugs, he added.

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