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New Hampshire man faces drunk driving charges

A man who had allegedly led Newport police on a high speed chase months ago and had already been awaiting trial for that incident, ran into another dangerous situation with New Hampshire police after leaving a Loudon speedway.

The 21-year-old man appeared by video in a Concord circuit court on accusations he had been driving drunk and crashed into a law enforcement official, who was struck as he attempted to stop the man.

Court documents indicated the man had a reported blood alcohol level of more than twice the state level. According to troopers, the more recent incident was highly dangerous. He subsequently faced 10 charges and was scheduled for arraignment.

The 21-year-old man was exiting a motor speedway leaving a cloud of exhaust from spinning the wheels of his pickup. When a police officer attempted to intervene, the driver continued, and the officer jumped out of his way. He failed to stop when another officer intervened by attempting to stop the speeding vehicle and reportedly hit him in the chest.

According to reports, the driver fled about a mile in a southerly direction, and struck another pickup. He tried to flee the scene but was grabbed by some passersby, who handed him over to authorities. The trooper called the passersby "Good Samaritans" who intervened to enable troopers to take the driver into custody.

The man is believed to be indigent, so his defense attorney doubts he will be able to make bail, which was set at $2,000. The judge indicated that if he can make bail, he will be scheduled back for a probable cause hearing. He also ordered the man to refrain from use of alcohol while he awaits his next court appearance.

In the state of New Hampshire, being charged with driving under the influence can have far-reaching consequences in your life. If you face a drunk driving charge, you will need knowledgeable assistance in navigating the legal system. It is advisable you seek help from a person who can work on your behalf to avoid conviction or reduce penalties and jail time.

Source: WMUR, "Alleged drunken driver hits trooper, leads police on chase" Ray Brewer, Jul. 14, 2014

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