Mar 29, 2017 6:02 PM
Man accused of driving drunk, causing 3-vehicle crash in NH pleads not guilty
WESTMORELAND — A man accused of driving drunk and causing a three-vehicle crash in Westmoreland pleaded not guilty, police said.
New Hampshire State Police say Matthew Dunn, 28 of Raymond, was driving while intoxicated when he crashed a 1998 Jaguar XK8 head-on into a car in the opposite lane on Route 12 north.
The crash, occurring around noon, caused serious, and in one case life-threatening injuries to the occupants of the oncoming car, a 2012 Kia Soul, police said. Dunn was not injured in the accident, according to the Sentinel Source.
A witness, who had been driving behind Dunn, told police that Dunn had been driving erratically in the miles leading up to the crash site. He stated Dunn had been driving too close to other vehicles and passing inappropriately.
In the moments leading up to the crash, Dunn had tried to pass a line of three vehicles at once by driving into the opposite lane in a no-passing zone, the witness said. Dunn was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated, and was taken to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene for a blood draw.
At his arraignment, Dunn was also charged with reckless conduct and a charge of driving across highway lanes.
According to remarks by Dunn’s attorney, Dunn had been arrested twice before for driving while intoxicated.