PORTSMOUTH Police arrested a local man after he tried to elude them, allegedly in a stolen kayak, early Saturday morning.

Police arrested Stephen Denault, 30, last known address of 245 Middle St., charging him with disobeying a police officer and receiving stolen property. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Sgt. David Colby said police received a call at 4:15 a.m. from a concerned resident who reported a man had fallen into the water from a kayak near the Fish Co-Op on Peirce Island.

"An officer responded, saw him and asked him to come in from the water," Colby said. "Instead, he started to paddle away. The officer had exchanged some conversation with him and was concerned that he had been drinking and that he might roll the kayak again."

Police contacted the Fire Department, asking for a response with the fire boat.

"He went further and then went under the causeway to New Castle, coming out by Belle Island and Little Harbour School," Colby said. "He was retrieved about 6 a.m., and it turns out the kayak was not his."

Denault was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail. He will appear in Portsmouth District Court on Sept. 17 for arraignment.