Feb 27, 2016 8:30 AM

Crash on Route 101 ends in DWI charge for Epping man

STRATHAM - An Epping man faces DWI charges after a crash on Route 101 near Exit 10 early Saturday morning.

According to New Hampshire State Police, Randy Sprague, 33, was driving west when he drifted off the pavement, hitting 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 hit the guardrail in the center median.

When police arrived at the scene, Sprague could not be located. State police said witnesses to the crash said they had seen a man standing by the vehicle just before police arrived. Because of the seriousness of the crash, the cold temperatures and potential for injuries to the driver, a police K-9 was called in to assist in tracking the driver through the woods. Sprague was found on River Road in Stratham and arrested.

Sprague was charged with DWI, conduct after an accident, reckless operation and two counts of criminal mischief. He is being held on $500 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

Police said that although alcohol appears to have been factor in the crash, it is still under investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Trooper Matthew Locke, New Hampshire State Police, Troop-A, at 223-8490.

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