Nashuan charged in altercation with police

Man apologizes to Hudson officers

Hudson police photo Joseph Reis, 51, of Nashua

NASHUA – The Nashua man accused of speeding away from Hudson police while an officer was holding onto his car door handle, then refusing their commands to surrender, apologized to the officers during his arraignment Wednesday in Nashua district court.

Joseph Reis, 51, of 3 Major Drive, told Judge James Leary that he became afraid when he saw police officers begin to approach him outside a Central Street residence around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said the officers encountered Reis in his vehicle when they arrived at 70 Central St. to check on a report of a disturbance. After the resident told police that Reis “was not welcome at the residence” and that he was concerned for his safety, the officers went to talk with Reis.

But Reis allegedly back up about 40 yards, then shut his window and refused to speak with police. As an officer went to open the door, Reis allegedly drove off with the officer, who, police said, “had to run with the vehicle and was being pulled by Reis.”

“I want to apologize to the officers. I meant no harm,” Reis said at Wednesday’s arraignment, which was conducted via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester.

Reis is facing a series of charges, all of which are Class A misdemeanors. They include three counts of resisting arrest or detention, and one count each of reckless conduct, obstructing government administration, disobeying an officer, and obedience to police officer.

Leary, the judge, granted a prosecutor’s request to continue Reis’s $5,000 cash only bail, and scheduled a pre-trial conference for Jan. 24 in the Nashua court.

Reis had requested lower bail, telling Leary “I feel it’s a little much,” but indicating he might be able “to come up with it.”

If he is able to make bail, Reis is ordered to stay off “all property, including parking lots and all apartments, at 70 Central St.,” according to the bail order.

Leary noted in the order that the incident “tied up significant resources of Hudson Police Department,” and that Reis’s alleged actions “had the potential ofinflicting serious injuries” on one or more officers.

Reis’s criminal history, which includes arrests in 2003 for kidnapping, first-degree assault and criminal threatening in Massachusetts, was raised during arraignment as well.

Reis said those issues “have been resolved,” and that he has been receiving mental health treatment since.

As for Tuesday’s incident, an officer was able to block Reis’s vehicle with his cruiser, but he then allegedly refused orders to exit the vehicle.

They eventually smashed a window, but Reis allegedly held onto the steering wheel as they tried to remove him, police said. Another officer subsequently deployed his Taser, allowing officers to pull Reis from the vehicle.

He allegedly continued to be uncooperative, police said, refusing to allow officers to handcuff him. Once they did get him into custody, they transported him to police headquarters for booking, then to Valley Street jail.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.