Reported Threat of "Suicide by Police" led to brief Stand-Off and Arrest on Route 4 in Lebanon


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Grafton man facing misdemeanor charges

LEBANON - Early Saturday morning police arrested a Grafton, New Hampshire man who'd reportedly jumped out of a vehicle at 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 89 near Exit 17 and begun walking along Route 4 toward downtown Lebanon after having allegedly threatened to provoke an encounter with law enforcement that would end in his "suicide by police."

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    Lebanon Police said Ryan Darrell, 30, of Main Street in Grafton was eventually taken into custody without injury after he was spotted some time later walking along the Bank Street section of Route 4.

    Police said that "Darrell refused to stop for officers and was given repeated commands to comply and that he was under arrest.  Darrell was non-compliant and initially refused to show officers his hands.  After a brief stand-off, Darrell finally complied with officers' commands and was arrested without injury or further incident."

    The police added that prior to their encounter with Darrell they had also been informed that he'd allegedly punched and damaged the windshield of his mother’s car and was possibly armed with a knife. 

    Darrell was charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and domestic-related criminal mischief after which his bail was set at $1,500 cash.  Darrell was transported to the Grafton County House of Correction pending an arraignment that is scheduled to take place on Monday at the Lebanon District Court on Monday.

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