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October 24, 2012

Man jailed after second attack on police

NEWBURYPORT — The man who assaulted a Salisbury police officer Friday afternoon will be spending the next six months in a Massachusetts jail, and when he gets out, he could be looking at more time behind bars in New Hampshire.

Jamie Liversidge, 33, currently of 11A Patridge Lane in Salisbury, but previously of 120 State St., Newburyport, pleaded guilty at his arraignment Monday on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and providing a false name to law enforcement.

Newburyport District Court Judge Peter Doyle sentenced Liversidge to six months in the house of correction for his assault on Salisbury officer Richard Dellaria and for the resisting arrest charge. Convictions on the charges of providing false identification and disorderly conduct were filed.

The sentence comes after Salisbury Police Chief Tom Fowler praised bystanders for going to Dellaria’s aid after Liversidge knocked him down during a simple traffic stop. At about 4 p.m. on Friday, Dellaria stopped Liversidge after he noticed him riding erratically on a bicycle along the northern end of Route 1. Asked for identification, Liversidge gave Dellaria the wrong name, which was called in for verification.

As Dellaria turned to go back, he noticed Liversidge attempting to hide something. When Dellaria called out, Liversidge charged him, knocking him down and grappling with him on the ground.

“They ended up rolling around on Route 1,” Fowler said. “That’s when people passing came to my officer’s aid.”

After one of the Good Samaritans used the radio in Dellaria’s cruiser to tell Salisbury dispatch that an officer needed assistance, officers from Seabrook also responded to the scene, as well as a Salisbury firefighter. Amesbury police were on the way to help before they got the call telling them all was in hand.

By the time Fowler got to the scene, Dellaria, with the help of the others, had the situation back under control and Liversridge in custody.

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