Aug 13, 2017 10:49 AM

2 weekend crashes in NH town lead to DUI charges

PELHAM - The Pelham Police Department responded to two crashes this weekend that both ended with DUI charges.

The police and fire departments responded to a 911 call for a single car crash Saturday at 1:43 a.m. OnStar reported a blue 2017 Chevrolet Camaro crashed into a yard on Island Pond Road and the car's air bags deployed. OnStar relayed that the driver said he swerved to avoid an animal and he was bleeding from the nose. Two additional callers living in the area also called 911 to report the crash.

Officers determined that Daniel Sweeney, 27 of Pelham, failed to negotiate a turn, struck a tree and launched deep into the front yard of 12 Island Pond Rd. Sweeney allegedly refused to discuss the crash with police.

Fire department personnel evaluated Sweeney, but he refused medical treatment for his bloody nose at the scene, police said.

Officers observed signs of impairment and requested field sobriety tests, subsequently leading to Sweeney's arrest for DUI - second offense and reckless operation.

The Camaro sustained extensive damage and was towed from the scene.

On Sunday, police received a call from AAA Roadside Assistance requesting help at the scene of a tow for a single car crash on Greeley Road.

Officers arrived and determined that Katherine Miller, 25 of Salem, failed to negotiate a turn, crossed the center line and crashed a silver 2013 Volkswagen Passat into a boulder on the opposite side of the road.

Officers noticed signs of impairment and performed field sobriety tests, resulting in the arrest of Miller for DUI.

The Volkswagen was heavily damaged and towed from the scene.

Sweeney and Miller were bailed and released to sober adults, police said. They both have an arraignment scheduled for Aug. 28.

The Pelham Police Department strongly urges drivers to not get behind the wheel while under the influence.

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