Milford man charged after hit-and-run

NASHUA – A 23-year-old Milford man was taken into custody late Friday, March 24, shortly after Nashua police say he bolted from officers who stopped his car near City Hall in connection with a hit-and-run crash moments earlier.

Donovan Jannette-Hicks, of 18 Johnson St., Apt. C, was arraigned Monday, March 27, in Nashua district court on several charges related to the incident, which police say began when an officer sitting at a red light at Main and Temple streets witnessed a car strike another in front of 151 Main St.

The officer then saw the car “accelerate away, traveling south on Main Street,” according to police reports.

The officer said he turned around, caught up to the suspect vehicle and pulled it over in front of City Hall. He spoke with the operator, and in doing so said he detected “the odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from” Jannette-Hicks’ mouth, the report states.

The officer said he also noticed Jannette-Hicks’ speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot, he wrote. The officer said he eventually determined that Jannette-Hicks “had no intention of returning to the scene of the accident or report it to police,” at which time he told him he was under arrest.

Jannette-Hicks allegedly resisted arrest by tensing his body, then ran from the officer’s grasp, the officer wrote. As he fled, the allegedly struck the officer in the chest with his forearm, according to the report.

Jannette-Hicks ran west toward Elm Street, but moments later, officers caught up to him behind 9 Pleasant St. He allegedly continued to resist arrest, police said, but was eventually taken into custody.

Jannette-Hicks declined to be tested for intoxication, police added, but was charged with the offense nonetheless.

Nashua district court Judge Lucinda Sadler on Monday arraigned Jannette-Hicks on two counts of resisting arrest or detention and one count each of simple assault, conduct after an accident and driving under the influence.

He was held on $5,000 cash only bail and ordered to observe a 9 p.m. curfew. He is also prohibited from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs, and was ordered not

to drive until his privileges are restored by the state.

Jannette-Hicks is next due in court on Tuesday, April 25, for a pretrial conference.

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