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October 24, 2012

Man jailed after second attack on police


When told yesterday of Liveridge’s conviction and sentence, Fowler said he was pleased this man would be incarcerated and would not be on the streets to be a danger to the public or other officers.

This isn’t the first time Liversidge has been charged with causing injury to a law enforcement officer. Liversidge was indicted by a Rockingham County Grand Jury in 2009 on four felony counts related to an incident in August 2009 when a New Hampshire state trooper was alledgedly dragged by Liveridge’s car during a traffic stop.

According to the indictments, when Trooper James Downey pulled Liversidge over on Interstate 95 in Hampton Falls, Liversidge falsely identified himself. After Downey called him on it and attempted to arrest him, Liversidge sped off in his car, dragging the trooper with him for a short distance along I-95.

Downey freed himself without further incident, but Liversidge, who was living in Newburport at the time, was indicted and charged with escape for fleeing the scene during the arrest, reckless conduct for endangering the life of the trooper, leaving the scene of an accident and disobeying an officer. He has been wanted on those charges ever since.

When Salisbury learned of the outstanding New Hampshire warrants, they charged Liversidge with being a fugitive from justice. That charge was dismissed at Newburyport District Court on Monday because Liversidge was sentenced to jail.

Newburyport District Court officials will contact Rockingham County Superior Court officials to inform them of Liversidge’s conviction and sentence. Rockingham County officials can file a detainer against Liversidge, meaning he will not be released from the Middleton House of Correction without Rockingham County officials being notified should they want to execute the warrants and take him into custody for the outstanding charges.

According to the indictments, if convicted of the escaping charge, Liversidge could face a sentence of 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison. A conviction on the felony reckless conduct charge holds a possible 3 1/2- to seven-year sentence.

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