By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
---- — SALEM, N.H. — An early-morning melee left one police officer with a broken hand, a cruiser window smashed out and five people arrested, including one held on $50,000 cash bail.
A neighbor called police at about 3:30 yesterday morning to report two men fighting in the street on Stonegate Lane, a usually quiet cul-de-sac off Haverhill Road.
Dalton Cyr, 21, of Salem faces a felony charge of attempting to take a firearm from a law enforcement officer. He also is charged with three Class A misdemeanors — resisting arrest, simple assault and criminal mischief, as well as a single charge of unlawful possession of alcohol.
Cyr was arraigned yesterday and remains in jail for lack of $50,000 cash bail.
Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said yesterday things could have ended very badly.
“Cyr made a very violent and aggressive effort to rip the gun out of (the officer’s) holster,” Patten said. “Thankfully, he was able to pepper spray and get him off.”
But Officer Joseph Freda was injured. In addition to suffering bumps and bruises, he broke a bone in his hand and is on leave. Freda was treated at and released from Parkland Medical Center in Derry.
The charge against Cyr is serious, but it could have been worse, Patten said.
“That officer at that time was fighting for his life, I believe,” he said yesterday. “It’s pretty serious to try to actively reach for an officer’s weapon.”
Cyr didn’t settle down even after he was arrested, Patten said.
“This kid was so out of control, we transported him at 6:30 a.m. to the county jail,” he said.
Ordinarily, suspects arrested close to daylight are held at the police station until they can be arraigned when 10th Circuit Court opens for the day.
Cyr wasn’t the only one charged after an apparent drinking party turned violent.
Three Methuen residents face a variety of misdemeanor charges and the alleged host of the party faces a single charge of prohibited sales.
There were other people at the party, Patten said, but many fled before police arrived.
“We had kids running into the woods. Certainly, we didn’t round all of them up,” he said. “ Typically, underage house parties don’t turn violent.”
But this one did.
The neighbor who called in a complaint told police one man was lying in the road and another had run off toward Haverhill Road. Responding officers located the two men and placed them into custody.
Police learned the trouble had started at 11 Stonegate Lane, where they found minors and others who had been drinking, Patten said.
Cyr and Eric Greenwood, 21, of Methuen resisted officers’ attempts to arrest them, he said, but eventually were subdued enough to be taken into custody.
But Greenwood didn’t go quietly either, according to police.
Handcuffed, Greenwood repeatedly hit the rear window of a cruiser with his head until the window finally broke, Patten said.
He faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief for smashing the cruiser window, as well as charges of resisting arrest or detention, disorderly conduct, prohibited sales and simple assault. Greenwood remained in custody yesterday afternoon.
The alleged host of the party, 17-year-old Britany Lambroukos, faces a single charge of prohibited sales, a misdemeanor.
No adults were home, Patten said.
“We attempted to make contact with the mother and father, but couldn’t make contact with either,” he said. “We were told by the daughter her mother was in Maine with her cellphone turned off.”
Lambroukos was released to another family member, he said.
Also arrested were Raymon Cooper, 19, of Methuen for unlawful possession of alcohol and Edward Colon, 22, of Methuen for possession of controlled drugs (marijuana) and simple assault.
Nicholas Larouche, 20, of Methuen was not charged, but was placed into protective custody.
Follow Jo-Anne MacKenzie on Twitter @ETNHEditor.