HAMPTON, New Hampshire — A Bremen man has been indicted for assault and possession of drugs after police say he struck a conservation officer who nabbed the man and his brother for poaching a “substantial amount” of elvers in May 2013.
Matthew Kinney, 30, was indicted earlier this month by the Rockingham County grand jury on three counts of simple assault and one count of possession of a controlled drug, seacoastonline.com reports.
On May 3, 2013, Kinney and his brother, Justin Kinney, were caught taking the baby eels, which are illegal to harvest in New Hampshire, from the Hampton River near Route 1.
Matthew Kinney allegedly struck New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Mike Eastman three times in the upper torso while he was being arrested. He then allegedly fled through a stream and woods after having been pepper-sprayed and with one handcuff around his wrist.
Kinney’s brother was apprehended after attempting to flee, but Matthew Kinney was allegedly caught two hours later after a state police K-9 unit and helicopter were used to track his path to the Hampton Falls Inn. Police arrested Kenney while he was removing wet clothing, Eastman reported. Officers also found him in possession of the anti-anxiety drug lorazepram.
If found guilty of the charges, Kinney faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a maximum fine of $2,000.
He was found guilty March 20 of taking the elvers and received a suspended fine of $1,240.