LOWELL -- A 27-year-old city man is accused of assaulting a police officer who served him with a restraining order from his pregnant girlfriend, then lead police on a foot pursuit that ended in a struggle and arrest in the Concord River.
In Lowell District Court, Jordan Cormier, of 732 Lawrence St., pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and battery and malicious destruction of property for an alleged Sept. 25 incident involving his pregnant girlfriend.
He also pleaded not guilty to assault and battery on a police officer (two counts), wanton destruction of property, disorderly conduct, attempted to commit a crime, and resisting arrest.
Judge Thomas Brennan order Cormier held on $6,000 cash bail. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29.
In the alleged assault on his girlfriend, who is six months pregnant with his child, Lowell police allege that on Sept. 25, the 26-year-old victim told police that Cormier appeared at her apartment highly intoxicated. An argument ensued and he smashed a glass table.
The victim told him to leave and he did, but returned a short time later and banged so hard on her apartment door that he broke it, police allege. As Cormier entered the apartment, he began to punch the victim in the face, police allege. After a brief struggle, Cormier fled the apartment. The victim went to court to obtain a restraining order against Cormier.
Sgt. Richard Leavitt went to Cormier's home to serve him with the restraining order and arrest him
Police allege Cormier began to back up the stairs. As Leavitt grabbed Cormier's hand, Cormier pushed Leavitt back, grabbed hold of Leavitt while scratching him and pulling his police radio off his shirt, according to court documents.
Cormier allegedly grabbed at Leavitt's firearm. Leavitt twisted away and deployed chemical spray in Cormier's face, which had no effect. Cormier broke free from Leavitt, as another officer arrived and began to chase Cormier.
Numerous units responded along with a K-9 unit. The State Police Air Wing was asked to join in the manhunt.
Leavitt and Officer Guillermo Rojas intercepted Cormier as he ran along an embankment along the Concord River. Upon seeing the officers, Cormier ran into the river with Leavitt and Rojas in pursuit. At one point, Cormier allegedly swung wildly at the officers. After finally handcuffing Cormier, officers carried Cormier up the steep riverbank while soaking wet.
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