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Police: Backhoe joyriders arrested in Portsmouth

Union Leader Correspondent

September 25. 2017 1:31PM

PORTSMOUTH — Two men were arrested early Sunday morning in downtown Portsmouth after they took a backhoe and started joyriding along local railroad tracks.

Sgt. Christopher Roth said police were called to Langdon Street at 2:49 a.m. and the duo fled on foot upon arrival.

Nicholas Honaker, 21, of Rochester, and Brandon Gutierrez, 21, of Kingston, were apprehended by police after a short chase. Honaker was arrested for unauthorized use of the backhoe and resisting detention. Gutierrez was charged with resisting detention, Roth said.

Roth said neither man was charged with operating under the influence.

Roth said the backhoe belonged to a construction company that may have been working in the area, and left the equipment there for the weekend.

"My guess is the backhoe was being used for construction of the new parking garage, although it might not have been. That’s right on the waterfront, and it could have been used for other projects," Roth said.

Roth said the backhoe belongs to Park Construction Corp., located in Fitzwilliam. No damage was caused during the incident.

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