September 09. 2018 9:36PM

Exeter man injured, charged with OUI after ATV crash

New Hampshire Union Leader

EXETER — Conservation officers are reminding ATV enthusiasts not to drink and ride, after they say an Exeter man suffered life-threatening injuries Saturday when he crashed an off-road vehicle he was operating while under the influence of alcohol.

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Adam Cheney, Brian Leclerc, 52, of Exeter was found unconscious Saturday night off Birch Road near the Epping-Exeter town line.

Rockingham County dispatch received a call reporting an Off Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) accident near the Epping and Exeter town line off Birch Road around 6:55 p.m. Saturday.

When first responders arrived on Birch Road they found a man, identified as Leclerc, unconscious on the side of the road. He was transported from the sceneby ambulance to Exeter Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Calls placed Sunday to Exeter Hospital seeking an update on Leclerc’s condition were not returned.

Leclerc was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and operating an OHRV on a public way.. He wasn’t wearing any protective gear at the time of the accident, according to Cheney. Officials issued a warning following the accident.

“....Officers want to remind riders that operating an OHRV under the influence of alcohol or drugs has the same penalties as operating a convention motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” officials said in a press release.