Victim Paul Fields

Jul 21, 2015 11:22 AM

Pedestrian hit, hospitalized; Dover teen arrested for DWI

HAMPTON - A Dover teen has been arrested for driving under the influence after he allegedly caused a crash that sent a Hampton man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

And this isn't the first time he has come into contact with the law about his reckless driving.

According to Dover police, Jacob Bailey has been pulled over twice for speeding.

Bailey, 18, was taken into custody early Tuesday morning, when it was determined that he was apparently under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was traveling southbound on Ashworth Avenue in a gray 2015 Nissan Sentra, when he hit pedestrian Paul Fields in a crosswalk near L Street, according to eyewitnesses.

Fields, 28, was rushed to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He is in a coma, and is listed as in critical condition.

An official for state police said Bailey has been released from custody on personal recognizance bail. He will be arraigned in August.

Alicia Marie Linehan, Fields' fiancee, posted on Facebook that she can't stop thinking about the moments when she saw him being thrown into the air when he was hit.

"Justice won't make things go away," Linehan wrote.

Residents in the area said traffic moves quickly on Ashworth Avenue, and motorists rarely stop for pedestrians.

Follow Kimberley Haas on Twitter @KHaasNH1.


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