Pembroke Police Department

May 16, 2017 12:26 PM

NH state Rep arrested for DUI, open container charges, has conviction from 2010

PEMBROKE — Police arrested New Hampshire State Rep. James Spillane on May 4 and charged him with driving while intoxicated.

Pembroke Police Chief Dwayne Gilman confirmed with NH1 News that they received a report of a car swerving over the yellow line several times in Pembroke.

Police responded to the area and pulled over Spillane. Officers also found an open alcoholic container in the car, Gilman said.

Spillane has already been convicted of driving while intoxicated.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Spillane pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and reckless conduct in 2010.

The arrest stemmed from an incident where Spillane was accused of putting his wife's life in danger by allegedly grabbing the wheel while she was driving, causing the vehicle to crash, and attempting to strangle her, the UL reports.

Spillane, 48, of Deerfield, is a Republican and represents the towns of Deerfield, Candia and Nottingham.

House Speaker Shawn Jasper said on Tuesday that despite the arrest, the process should be allowed to play out in court.

"While the news of Rep. Spillane’s arrest is concerning to me, we need to let due process take its course. Members of the legislature are held to a higher set of standards and when something like this happens, unfortunately it reflects poorly on us all."

Spillane will be arraigned Friday at the Hooksett District Court at 8:15 a.m.

NH1 News has left messages Spillane, but the call has not yet been returned.

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