New Hampshire state troopers arrested a man in early March for allegedly drunk driving at speeds of 109 mph. A New Hampshire police officer claims he clocked the man at 108 mph on Interstate 93 where the posted speed limit is 55 mph. The officer said that while he was pursuing the car the man increased his speed up to 109 mph.
During the hot pursuit of the vehicle, police claim that it was swerving around other vehicles and narrowly missing them. Eventually, officers were able to stop the speeding car outside of Concord. During the traffic stop, officers performed field sobriety tests to check if the man was inebriated. After he failed the tests, they took him into custody.
The driver, who hails from Manchester, refused to give police officers his identification. However, an investigation later showed that he has been arrested for other criminal violations in the past, making him an alleged habitual offender. Police further claim that the man was not peaceful while they transported him to jail. They say that he threatened the officers and attempted to break the windows of a police cruiser with his feet.
The charges faced by this man are serious. Further, they have doubtlessly been made more severe by his alleged non-cooperation with officers. He has been charged with reckless operation, aggravated DUI and other crimes.
Drivers accused of drunk driving in New Hampshire can avoid elevating the severity of their charges if they peacefully comply with police during the time of their arrests. Although inebriated drivers are not always cognizant of their behavior, it will serve accused individuals well during their criminal defense proceedings to follow police instruction and avoid putting up any kind of fight.
Source: NECN, "Drunk Driver Clocked at 109MPH Prior to Arrest" Frank O'Laughlin, Mar. 01, 2015