Haverhill Police Honor Baldera for September Arrest of City Gang Member

Lt. Joseph Ingham (left) presents Officer Cory Baldera with the Haverhill Police Department Employee Excellence Award. (Courtesy photograph)

Haverhill Police Officer Cory Baldera’s supervisors took notice of the six-year patrolman’s actions Sept. 12 when he arrested a known Haverhill gang member, awarding Baldera the department’s employee excellence award this quarter.

As WHAV previously reported, Baldera was dispatched to East Broadway and Millvale Road last month for a report of an erratic driver and found 22-year-old Carson Hamilton behind the wheel of a 2013 white Hyundai Sonata heading toward Merrimac.

Baldera was unable to stop Hamilton despite using his lights and sirens and observed him crossing the double yellow line several times reaching speeds of 65 miles per hour before slowing down and speeding up again.

Once Hamilton crossed into West Newbury, that town’s Officer Kyle Roy assisted Baldera with the pursuit. Both men followed Hamilton until his car stopped in the area of 2 Church St. and he fled up an embankment. Once catching up with him, the Haverhill officer “bear-hugged” Hamilton to prevent him from fleeing and handcuffed him.

Police found 97 green and yellow pills believed to be Alprazolam as well as a bag of marijuana on Hamilton at the time of his arrest.

While he was behind bars for his Haverhill offenses, Groveland Police charged Hamilton with leaving the scene of property damage, driving with a revoked license and receiving stolen property in the wake of a Sept. 11 accident they say he caused at Nicole’s Mini Food Store in that town.

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