Oct 14, 2015 10:29 PM

NH State Police trooper gets nasty sewage surprise during routine traffic stop

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MANCHESTER - A State Police trooper making a routine traffic stop on Interstate 93 on Wednesday received a nasty surprise.

State Police said a driver stopped Trooper First Class Christopher Cummings around 4:30 p.m. to tell him about a pickup truck towing a trailer that was traveling "hazardously" on Interstate 293 southbound.

Cummings found the truck as it was merging onto I-93 northbound and pulled the driver over.

As the driver pulled into the breakdown lane, a sewage tank in the trailer failed, dumping waste over the road and the police cruiser, police said.

During the stop, Cummings determined that the driver Christoper Merritt, 43, of Manchester had an active arrest warrant from the Manchester Police Department for receiving stolen property. Merritt was placed under arrest and released to the Manchester Police Department. Cummings also cited Merritt for spillage of material, possession of license required, unregistered vehicle, and defective equipment. Merritt is scheduled to appear in Manchester district court on Dec. 7, on the charges from State Police.

State police contacted the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Department of Transportation in regards to the sewage spill. However, neither agency responded because of the limited amount of sewage that leaked.

The pickup truck and travel trailer were towed from the scene.


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