PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- A New Hampshire Democrat who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004 was arrested Wednesday afternoon on three charges relating to a traffic violation.
According to police, Burt Cohen of New Castle not only failed to stop for a stop sign but did not immediately pull over when directed to do so and also resisted arrest. The event occurred around 2 p.m. Wednesday on Ladd Street in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Police Lt. Dante Puopolo said Cohen was charged with ignoring a traffic control device, a minor offense, as well as two misdemeanors of disobeying an officer and resisting arrest.
Cohen was released on bail. He is expected to be arraigned in a few weeks, but no date has been set. A police report was still being written.
Prior to running for the U.S. Senate, Cohen served three terms as a New Hampshire state senator. Oddly, Cohen never became an official candidate for the U.S. Senate because two days before the filing period ended his campaign manager mysteriously left the campaign, money appeared to be missing, and Cohen ended his campaign.
His campaign manager, Jesse Burchfield, was later found guilty of inflating figures on campaign finance records and is currently serving community service in California.