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Man is arrested for drunk driving after failing to stop

Each state has its own driving under the influence statute that sets the offenses and prescribes the punishment for violations within the state. New Hampshire, like other states, provides penalties for drunk driving that are progressively increased with the severity of the circumstances. A defense attorney who specializes in DUI defense matters will be familiar with the gradation of offenses and the punishment for each that is set forth in the state's statute.

A 30-year-old Manchester man will need to consult with a good drunk driving defense attorney after being arrested recently when he nearly hit a police cruiser, and then didn't stop when commanded to by the officer.  Police say that the accused had been operating his vehicle in an easterly direction on Manchester Street when the officer observed him come to a screeching stop at the stop sign at Pine Street, nearly going through it. It was at that point that the operator allegedly almost hit the officer's cruiser.

He ignored the flashing emergency lights and led the patrol officer for another six blocks, police say. The officer reportedly finally got him to stop and alight from his car. He reported that the accused smelled like alcohol and he made the arrest. The accused was charged with DUI and with failure to obey a police officer.  

The reports do not indicate whether field tests or a Breathalyzer test were administered. It is possible to convict an accused for drunk driving in New Hampshire based on erratic driving and the smell of alcohol, but that is not standard procedure. Generally, at least the blood alcohol reading is obtained by the Breathalyzer to strongly bolster the case. The blood alcohol percentage can justify an arrest for DUI in the state if the reading is .08 or higher.

Source:, "Police: Manchester man almost hits cruiser, faces DWI charge", March 3, 2017

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