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Aug 2, 2016 6:01 PM

Manchester police chief hit mailbox with city-issued vehicle

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard ran his city-issued vehicle into a mailbox the day after he got it, the chief confirmed in an interview Friday according to the Union Leader.

The accident happened early on March 20 on Ginger Drive, two doors from Willard's house.

“This is embarrassing,” Willard said to the Union Leader. “Any officer that gets into an accident, it’s embarrassing. It hurts your pride.”

Willard drove the police Ford SUV into the mailbox of his 80-year-old neighbor Joan Glen.

Willard said he was distracted while driving before striking the mailbox. No ticket was issued.

He had been at a fundraiser at the Manchester Country Club until 11 p.m. that night.

Willard was allowed to take the city car home, but had not done so before the night of the crash.

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