Woman beaten unconscious and left lying in the middle of Mechanic Street

Lebanon suspect arrested after struggle with police

LEBANON, NH - Witnesses told police that a Lebanon man dragged a woman from his car shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, knocked her unconscious in the middle of Mechanic Street and then left her as he fled the scene in a black Saab.

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    One of several responding Lebanon police officers spotted the suspect's vehicle headed back towards the area where the 26-year-old victim was still lying injured on the pavement, bleeding from her face, and attempted to pull it over but the driver refused to stop, Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello said in a statement issued Monday.

    Police said the driver, Eric Briggs, 27, only stopped once he got back to the scene where officers immediately moved in to detain him.  Briggs initially resisted arrest before finally being taken into custody after a brief struggle, police said.

    Briggs was arrested and charged with felony counts of second degree assault and possession of Suboxone as well as misdemeanor counts of drunk driving, resisting arrest and reckless conduct before he was ordered held for lack of $5,000 cash bail at the Grafton County House of Corrections.

    Police said the female victim was treated at the hospital for a broken nose and lacerations to her face.

Eric Briggs, 27, of Lebanon is facing felony assault and drug possession charges along with several misdemeanors

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