May 16. 2017 1:54PM

Deerfield state Rep. Spillane charged with Pembroke DWI


PEMBROKE — A state representative from Deerfield was charged with drunk driving two weeks ago after being stopped late at night for an alleged driving infraction, police said.

Rep. James Spillane, R-Deerfield, also was charged with open-container and yellow-line violations, Police Chief Dwayne Gilman said.

Spillane was pulled over on Academy Road Thursday, May 4 about 11 p.m.

Spillane refused to be tested for blood-alcohol content, Gilman said. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in Hooksett circuit court Friday.

A three-term state representative, Spillane represents Deerfield, Candia and Nottingham.

Last year, Spillane’s Democratic challengers raised issue with the Republican’s 2010 convictions for drunk driving and reckless conduct. At the time of those charges, police said he grabbed the wheel of the car his wife was driving, causing the vehicle to crash and trying to strangle her.

“Since this regrettable incident I have focused on serving my community and being a proactive and strong advocate for the people of Deerfield, Candia and Nottingham, which includes being an ally against domestic violence,” he said in response.