When faced with an OWI charge, New Hampshire drivers may be tempted to make up facts that they think help their case. Some drivers may stretch the truth about how many drinks they had or when; others may decide to say they weren't driving the car at all. Lying about the circumstances of an accident or driving situation can result in further criminal consequences, though.
One New Hampshire man is accused of lying about driving a Lexus. According to police, the man and another individual were questioned following a single-vehicle crash that occurred around 2 a.m. Police report that both individuals gave differing stories about who was operating the Lexus.
Following an investigation by police, the man was arrested for making a false report. The charge is a misdemeanor, and the man was released from jail on a bail of $1,000. The man has a court date in October.
Although there is no report from police that alcohol or other substances were involved in this incident, it serves as a warning to drivers who may want to cover their intoxication with a fib. The last thing someone needs when facing a DUI or OWI charge is an additional charge of any kind. Charges can serve to compound a case, making sentencing more serious in the event of a conviction.
Though no one is obligated to communicate all facts to police at the time of a stop -- or even cooperate with all sobriety tests -- telling the truth or simply asking for an attorney is a better option than starting out an investigation with a lie.
Source: NECN, "New Hampshire Man Arrested for False Report After Car Crash" Kaitlin Flanigan, Sep. 15, 2014