Police: NH habitual offender since 1980 found with half-empty whiskey bottle in car
HOOKSETT — A habitual offender since 1980 faces a drunken driving charge after police allegedly found a half-empty bottle of whiskey.
Officers responded to 1625 Hooksett Road for a report of a male staggering around the property and possibly dealing with a medical issue Wednesday at 7:08 a.m.
While officers checked the property, a silver Mercedes — operated by Allen Degroff, 59, of Hooksett — pulled into the driveway. Police confirmed that Degroff was previously on the property, a report read.
Officers allegedly noticed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Degroff while speaking with him. Police also said Degroff had a difficult time speaking with the officers.
Degroff admitted to drinking alcohol and struggled with standing without assistance, police said. Officers also located a half bottle of Canadian Club Whiskey in plain view in the car, police added.
Officers placed Degroff under arrest after he allegedly refused standardized field sobriety tests.
Police said Degroff is a habitual offender and has been since 1980. He faced the charges of habitual offender, driving while intoxicated and open container.
Arraignment information was not immediately available for Degroff.