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For Immediate Release
February 27, 2016
For more information contact:
Trooper Mathew Locke

Motor Vehicle Accident - Route 101, Stratham

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, at approximately 0219 hours, Trooper Matthew Locke of the New Hampshire State Police Troop A barracks responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash, on Route 101, in the area of Exit 10. Upon arrival Trooper Locke located the subject vehicle in the median facing south, up against the guardrail. The vehicle had sustained significant contact damage as a result of the crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Unit #1, a black 2008 Ford Ranger, being operated by Randy Sprague, age 33, of Epping, New Hampshire, was driving westbound when for an unknown reason, he drifted completely off the paved portion of roadway to the right, striking and destroying a "Route 101 West" sign. After striking the sign, Sprague over-corrected to the left, drove across the two westbound lanes of Route 101 and struck the guardrail in the center median head on.  The vehicle came to final rest in the median after striking the guardrail. Witnesses to the crash had seen a male standing by the vehicle just prior to TrooperLocke's arrival, however no driver was immediately located. Based on the seriousness of this crash, the extremely cold temperature, and the potential for injuries to the driver, a State Police K-9 was requested to assist in locating the driver.

Trooper Dan Livingstone of Troop-D and his K-9 partner "Veda" began a track of the driver which took troopers through thick woods and across a stream to the north of the crash scene. Mr. Sprague was ultimately located on River Road in the town of Stratham, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Mr. Spraguewas placed under arrest, and he was charged with DWI (subsequent offense),Conduct After an Accident, Reckless Operation and two counts of Criminal Mischief. Mr. Sprague is being held on $500 cash bail, and he is scheduled to be arraigned on February 29, 2016, in the 10th Circuit Court, District Division-Brentwood at 0800 hours.

The New Hampshire State Police were assisted at the scene by members of the ExeterPolice Department and the Stratham Police Department.

Although alcohol appears to have been factor in the causation of this crash, this incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Trooper Matthew Locke, New Hampshire State Police, Troop-A, at (603)223-8490.

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