By John Toole
---- — SALEM – A Pelham man rammed police cruisers and tried to run down a police officer before police shot him last month, police allege in court papers.
Grant Hebert, 21, is scheduled to appear in 10th Circuit Court in Salem for a probable cause hearing a week from today.
Hebert’s attorney, Raymond Mello of Nashua, would not discuss Hebert’s condition in detail, but said he is participating in preparing his defense.
”Grant is doing as well as can be expected,” Mello said.
His mother, Theresa Hebert, said yesterday her son is home from the hospital, but otherwise declined to comment.
Hebert has nine charges pending against him.
No pleas have been entered to six felony charges that likely will be bound over for trial in Superior Court if the judge finds probable cause.
The felony charges against Hebert include attempted first degree assault, two charges of reckless conduct placing another in danger, disobeying an officer, driving under the influence and aggravated driving while intoxicated.
Not guilty pleas have been entered on his behalf to three misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief (vandalism), Mello said.
Police allege Hebert tried to elude police when they attempted to stop him at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, on Lowell Road in Windham. The incident started in Pelham.
The first degree assault charge alleges Hebert tried to injure Windham Officer Shane Mirisola by driving at him.
One reckless conduct charge alleges he drove at Mirisola, causing him to take evasive action.
Another reckless conduct charge alleges Hebert drove a motor vehicle into a cruiser driven by Pelham Master Patrolman Eugene Stahl.
There is no indication in the records on file at court that Hebert had or used a weapon.
The records do not identify the officer or officers who wounded Hebert. Records also do not say how many times or where Hebert was shot. A co-worker at the time said Hebert was hospitalized. There have been no reports on the extent of his injuries.
The day of the incident, police released a statement saying only Hebert was being treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
No police officers were injured in the incident.
Pelham police Chief Joseph Roark said Stahl remains on full duty.
Typically, officers are assigned to desk duty or put on paid leave pending the outcome of an officer involved shooting.
Windham police Chief Gerald Lewis did not return a phone call yesterday.
An Attorney General’s Office review of the shooting incident continues and is not expected to be completed for another 10 days to two weeks, Associate Attorney General Jane Young said yesterday.
Mello said he has yet to receive police reports about the shooting.
A criminal mischief charge alleges Hebert drove through two fences, a rock wall and over the lawn at Haffner’s Service Station in Windham, causing more than $1,500 damage.
Pelham and Windham police cruisers also sustained more than $1,500 damage in the incident, court records said.
Roark said the Pelham cruiser sustained front-end damage and is being repaired.
Hebert is a University of Massachusetts at Lowell student and a graduate of Pelham High. He has previously worked at the Pelham House of Pizza, where employees have characterized him as a nice kid.
Court papers did not indicate Hebert had any prior trouble with police.