By Dave Rogers
---- — NEWBURYPORT — An Amesbury man is facing an array of charges including attacking a police officer following a wild scuffle Wednesday afternoon that began after police responded to a welfare check inside Oak Hill Cemetery in Newburyport.
Dylan S. Brown, 30, 4 Naysons Court, was charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property less than $250, malicious destruction of property more than $250, marijuana possession, assault and battery of a police officer, attempted suicide in a public place, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The charges were issued at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport as a summons after he was taken there for medical evaluation.
According to Newburyport police Lt. Richard Siemasko, his department received a call from Amesbury police to be on the lookout for a potentially suicidal man who told police he was heading to Oak Hill Cemetery. Police were waiting in their cruisers outside the State Street cemetery when they saw the suspect’s car.
When officer Charles Vorderis reached inside Brown’s vehicle to turn off the ingition, the suspect grabbed the veteran officer and attempted to pull him into the car. With the help of officer Charles Eaton, Vorderis was able to wrestle free of the suspect, but not before tearing his uniform and breaking his radio. The two officers along with Siemasko were able to handcuff the suspect and place him in the back of their cruiser, according to police.
Siemasko said the suspect then told police he had swallowed dozens of prescription pills and had a quarter-pound of marijuana in his car. A search of the suspect and his car turned up empty blister packets of Klonopin and 4 ounces of marijuana worth between $1,000 and $2,000. The suspect was then transported to Anna Jaques Hospital for treatment.
Brown was released from Anna Jaques Hospital Wednesday. Siemasko said the attempted suicide charge was added so that Brown can be evaluated at Bridgewater State Hospital.
Before Brown headed to Newburyport, Amesbury police issued a summons against him for a charge of trespassing following an incident at Amesbury Towing on Haverhill Road. Officers David Clark, Jason Kooken and Robert Chatigny issued that summons.