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Woman accuses man of drunk driving and assault in 911 call

New Hampshire police often receive 911 calls regarding erratic drivers who might be impaired. An officer might be dispatched in an attempt to intercept the driver before anyone gets hurt. If a traffic stop is initiated or an accident occurs, the officer might suspect the individual behind the wheel of drunk driving.

This is what happened to a 28-year-old man from a neighboring state. A woman claiming to be in the vehicle with him called 911, alleging that he was assaulting her while he was driving and would not let her get out of the vehicle. She further alleged that he was drunk as he drove from one New Hampshire town into another.

Shortly thereafter, Pelham police came upon the scene of a single-car accident. The vehicle involved appeared to match the description given by the caller. The front end was damaged and the airbags had deployed. Fortunately, neither the driver nor the passenger suffered any injuries.

Police determined that the man had been driving at the time of the crash. He allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the police station. Once there, police administered a breath test. In addition to two counts of simple domestic assault, the man also faces a charge of driving while intoxicated.

It will be up to prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the man was drunk driving and that he assaulted the woman. Before that can happen, the man should exercise his right to counsel, review all of the evidence that prosecutors intend to present against him and confront any witnesses in court. Any discrepancies in the evidence or witness statements could result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

Source: unionleader.com, "Mass. man faces aggravated DWI, assault charges after Pelham crash", March 17, 2017

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