|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2013
|Contact: Sergeant L.A. Copponi
Sobriety Checkpoint - Bedford
Colonel Robert Quinn, Director of the New Hampshire State Police and Chief John J. Bryfonski of the Bedford Police Department announce that during the weekend of August 2, 2013, State Police Troopers from Troop B in Bedford and officers of the Bedford Police Department will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint in Bedford, New Hampshire.
The checkpoint is authorized by the Hillsborough County Superior Court, and will be conducted under guidelines promulgated by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.
The New Hampshire State Police and the Bedford Police Department consider the identification and apprehension of impaired drivers and enforcement of the Driving While Intoxicated statutes to be a top priority. Sobriety checkpoints are one of the best methods of deterring the impaired driver.
UPDATED August 3, 2013
During the hours of 9:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2013 through 3:00 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013, New Hampshire State Troopers from Troop B in Bedford and officers of the Bedford Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Route 101 in Bedford.
The checkpoint was authorized by an order of the Hillsborough Superior Court and conducted under guidelines promulgated by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.
In this joint effort, a total of 257 vehicles and operators were contacted and screened. Along with numerous warnings, officers and Troopers summonsed one person for Operating Without a Valid License and one person for Driving After Suspension.
Additionally, five (5) people were arrested:
David SCHWANKERT, age 41 of Mont Vernon, NH, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Taylor FOSTER, age 19, of Goffstown, NH, Underage DUI and Transportation of Alcohol by a Minor
Donald FLEURENT, age 49 of Wilton, NH, Driving While Intoxicated
Christopher GAGNON, age 41 of Amherst, NH, Driving While Intoxicated
Jeffrey NOWELL, age 22 of Goffstown, NH, Driving While Intoxicated. OF NOTE: NOWELL was observed driving his vehicle through the divided highway median in an attempt to avoid the checkpoint. He was pursued by Troopers, found to be intoxicated and arrested.
All persons arrested were later released on bail. They face arraignment at a later date in the 9th Circuit Court District Division in Merrimack.
New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn and Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski and the officers of their departments consider the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers to be a top priority. They will continue to collaborate and utilize sobriety checkpoints and other means to deter, detect and remove impaired drivers from New Hampshire's roadways.