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Burlington man led to court wearing handcuffs of officer who died in crash

Appears in court wearing the handcuffs most recently used by victim

Michael Ricci.

N.H. State Police

Michael Ricci.

The Burlington man accused of triggering the crash that killed Somerville police Officer Louis M. Remigio was taken to Lowell Juvenile Court on Wednesday wearing the handcuffs Remigio carried while on the force, a law enforcement official said.

Michael J. Ricci was arrested by Burlington police Tuesday night after they discovered he had a warrant outstanding from the juvenile court for violating the terms of bail imposed in a pending case, according to Burlington police Chief Michael R. Kent.

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Ricci, 18, was held at the Burlington police station overnight and taken by police to the court Wednesday wearing the cuffs that Remigio, a 30-year veteran, most recently carried with him, the official said.

Also Wednesday, the Registry of Motor Vehicles revoked Ricci’s right to drive in Massachusetts, declaring him an “immediate threat” to public safety for the crash on Interstate 95 in North Hampton, N.H., that fatally injured Remigio.

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According to the Registry, Ricci’s driving license had been reinstated Sept. 18 after he paid fees outstanding from recent interactions with police in Billerica and Burlington.

He was cited for not having a registration with him while in Billerica on Aug. 11 and was cited for speeding in Burlington on April 20. He was also found partially responsible for a crash in Burlington on June 2.

Kent and Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office, which is prosecuting the juvenile case against Ricci, who is now an adult, declined comment because most juvenile court hearings are closed to the public.

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Ricci is facing a charge as an adult in New Hampshire of reckless conduct while driving after the Sunday crash that killed Remigio.

According to New Hampshire State Police, Remigio was operating a red 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Interstate 95 South in North Hampton around 9:26 a.m. Sunday, when he was struck head-on by a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C300 whose driver had crossed over from the northbound lanes.

Ricci was allegedly the operator of the Mercedes-Benz. He was not injured in the crash. Ricci was racing other cars when he crashed, witnesses said.

Ricci was released on $10,000 cash bail, according to New Hampshire court records.

His arraignment has been set for Oct. 20 in Rockingham County Superior Court, though he could face new charges connected to Remigio’s death, officials said.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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