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September 4, 2013

Methuen man arrested on several charges

SEABROOK — A Methuen man considered a habitual offender by law enforcement who was released from jail over the weekend after being bailed out on a false name is back in trouble with the law and was due to be arraigned yesterday at Seabrook District Court on about a dozen charges.

Sean Nolan, 28, of 5 Parker Court, was initially arrested by Seabrook police officers Ryan Kane and David Hersey following a brief foot chase after he refused to stop at a sobriety checkpoint at Seabrook Beach held Friday night into early Saturday morning.

Upon his arrest at the corner of Route 1A and Tyngsboro Street, Nolan identified himself as 30-year-old Christopher Roy of Seekonk. He was initially charged with resisting arrest, driving without a valid license and reckless driving, according to New Hampshire State Police Troop A Commander Lt. Christopher Vetter.

Before the evening was over, Nolan had been bailed out of jail using his false identity and made his way over to Hampton. Around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday he was spotted looking through cars inside the south parking lot near M Street, according to Hampton police Lt. Daniel Gidley.

Hampton police arrested him shortly thereafter and again Nolan claimed to be Christopher Roy. Later, Hampton police were able to determine Nolan’s true identity and charged him loitering, false name to police and a previous warrant. Gidley said the warrant included charges of receiving stolen property and being a habitual offender.

On Sunday, Seabrook police added several more charges to its complaint against Nolan, including two counts of disobeying an officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest or detention, false report to law enforcement, unsworn falsification and conduct after an investigation.

Gildey said those who try to hide their identity will often pretend to be a family member or have crafted or purchased false identification cards. Others will simply memorize a false identity they can recite on the spot. Several law enforcement agencies including Newburyport, Amesbury and the Massachusetts State Police have integrated fingerprint machines that are connected to state and federal databases, which help them reveal the true identities of those brought in for booking.

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