Merrimack man held in beating


A Merrimack man was arraigned Tuesday on a charge that he beat his friend on the head with a tire iron. Christopher Nadeau, 27, with addresses listed at both 20 Tanglewood Way and 2010 Wood Way, allegedly committed the assault Jan. 16 while riding in a car in New Boston, said Christopher Krajenka, that town's police chief. Around 11:45 p.m., Nadeau was in a car with an acquaintance, 29-year-old Donald Lecuyer, of Merrimack, and an unidentified female driver, Krajenka said. The three were traveling on Christy Road, heading toward the center of town, when the two men began fighting. "They had been out drinking and got involved in an altercation," Krajenka said. "It started with words and escalated to physical force." Nadeau allegedly climbed into the back seat and assaulted Lecuyer with a tire iron, Krajenka said. Soon afterward, Lecuyer was dropped on the side of the road, near Dodge's Store, and the other two drove off. Lecuyer flagged down the next passing car for help, and a passenger called police. Lecuyer suffered severe cuts on his head and to his lip, Krajenka said. He was taken to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester for treatment. Police did not determine how Nadeau allegedly got the tire iron, and a weapon was not recovered, Krajenka said. Officers conducted interviews with witnesses and have continued investigating. Finally, a warrant was issued for Nadeau, and Merrimack police arrested him Monday night, turning him over to New Boston police. Nadeau was arraigned in Goffstown District Court and was being held at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections in Manchester on $5,000 cash bail or surety. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Feb. 6. Nadeau has "a lengthy criminal history," Krajenka said. The man's latest charge came last spring, when he was arrested in connection with a group that allegedly sold drugs to Merrimack High School students. Nadeau was indicted on those charges in Hillsborough County Superior Court in August. He is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing March 2.
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