On October 4, Richard Davis was driving his Ford Mustang on Route 16 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, near 7 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed. The accident occurred in the northbound lane of the Spaudling Turnpike in between the Portsmouth Circle and Rockingham Avenue, near the highway's interchange with I-95.
After the accident, witnesses reported seeing the car burst into flames and the operator running away into the woods. When state police and firefighters arrived on scene, they could not locate Davis near the Mustang. Officers found the 62-year-old man in a nearby forest and arrested him. Police reportedly believed that alcohol was a factor in the crash and charged Davis with driving while intoxicated (DWI).
A court date for Davis' hearing was not released, and the investigation is still ongoing. The circumstances surrounding the crash, including exactly how the Middleton resident's car ended up on fire, were still unclear. According to local newspapers, Trooper Goodwin of Troop A-Barrack, located in Epping, is leading the inquiry.
There have been a number of DWI arrests in New Hampshire this year. According to the Exeter Police Department, a small suburb of Portsmouth just miles from where this recent accident occurred, they have arrested 44 people for driving under the influence to date this year. In the month of October, which is only half over, they have charged four individuals in connection with DWIs. Their website has a special page dedicated to the department's DWI hunters.
If you or a loved one has been accused of DWI, an experienced New Hampshire DUI attorney can help defend you in court and ensure that you receive a fair trial.