LOWELL -- A Lowell man has agreed to be extradited to New Hampshire to face charges that he used a truck to strike a Salem, N.H., police officer.
David Babcock, 53, was arrested by Lowell police and arraigned on Feb. 11 in Lowell District Court on a fugitive from New Hampshire. He refused to sign a waiver that would send him to face charges of first-degree assault, attempted first-degree assault, and reckless endangerment of a child.
In Lowell District Court on Tuesday, Babcock, who is serving a six-month jail sentence on an operating under the influence- third offense case, agreed to sign the waiver that will send him to New Hampshire to face charges once he is released from jail.
At 7:20 p.m. on Feb. 10, two Salem officers investigated a suspicious person in the area of S. Policy Street after a resident told police an intoxicated person was at his door asking for directions. After getting directions, the suspect drove away in a white pickup truck. The caller also reported there was a child in the truck.
Officers stopped the suspect's vehicle on Muse Terrace, a dead-end street. The suspect then drove away from the officers, made a quick U-turn, and pointed his car at the officers, police said.
He began revving his engine and spinning his tires before driving at both officers, striking one officer in the knee as he jumped onto the hood of a cruiser to escape further injury, according to police.
The officer sustained a non-threatening injury to his leg.
Both officers attempted to pursue the suspect but lost sight of him. He was later arrested in Lowell.
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