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Midnight madness in New Hampshire town

It was apparently a pretty quiet Saturday night in a New Hampshire town south of Rochester this past weekend. But just after the clock struck 12 and a new day began, Salem police saw a 36-minute burst of activity in which nine arrests were made.

The arrests all involved allegations of driving while intoxicated or drug possession, or both. Two of the arrests involved auto accidents as well.

The burst began at 12:10 a.m. when a 42-year-old driver was pulled over for a motor vehicle violation. He wound up being taken into custody on a marijuana possession charge, as well as transportation of a controlled drug.

Fifteen minutes later, police were called to a nearby car accident. There, a 31-year-old Salem man was arrested on suspicion of DWI and heroin possession.

Nine minutes later, people responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle. That call resulted in the arrest of one teenager, 18, for unlawful possession of alcohol and two others, both 17, being taken into protective custody.

Ten minutes passed by before another traffic stop was initiated in town. Again, a teenager was arrested -- this time a 17-year-old was charged driving while intoxicated -- and two other teens were taken into protective custody.

The last arrest in the burst of activity came just two minutes later after police arrived where a vehicle had hit a utility pole. The 46-year-old man behind the wheel was arrested on suspicion of DWI/DUI.

No matter what the age of the person arrested, the experience is often intimidating. For the teens arrested that night, it was undoubtedly even more so.

Parents of a young person arrested for DWI understand that a conviction can have a serious, negative impact on their child's later job and education opportunities, even if the teen doesn't fully grasp the situation. That's why so many parents rely on experienced criminal defense attorneys to guide them and their children through the legal system and help minimize the potential impact of the charges.

Source: Eagle-Tribune, "Police take 9 into custody in 36 minutes," Jan. 28, 2014

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