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Courtesy: Manchester Police Department

May 7, 2015 1:19 PM

Off-duty police captain key to stopping impaired driver in Manchester


MANCHESTER - A local police captain on his way home from work found his work was not so easy to leave behind on Wednesday.

Capt. James Soucy of the Community Policing Division was heading home on South Willow Street in his own car when he saw an erratic driver swerving between lanes and hitting several curbs. Police say he pulled up alongside the car at the traffic light at Driving Park Road and noticed the woman was losing consciousness. He yelled at her and woke her up, but after looking in his direction, she took off.

Soucy followed her and contacted the police department on his cell phone.

She eventually pulled into the Weston Road Dunkin Donuts, where police say she drove over curbs, bushes and finally stopped at the drive-thru window. At that point, a patrol car arrived on scene and stopped her. Soucy and Officer Derek Cataldo spoke with the woman and noticed fresh blood on her arm, suggesting she had used a needle to inject something.

The officers located a gray sock with three needles inside, each possessing a small amount of a substance believed to be heroin. Officers say they believe Longval was “shooting up” heroin while driving.

The driver, Sarah Longval, 29, of Sandown was charged with possession of a controlled drug and operating under the influence. She was released on $3,000.00 bail and will appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on May 22.


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