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Woman charged with hitting highway worker told to neither drink nor drive

Union Leader Correspondent

August 15. 2018 9:58AM
The vehicles involved in a serious personal injury crash are removed from the scene on Beach Pond Road in Wolfeboro in December 2017. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent)

OSSIPEE — The Wolfeboro woman charged July 3 with hitting a highway maintenance worker with her car last winter remains free on $1,000 personal recognizance and has been ordered to neither drive nor drink alcohol.

Jeanne Watson, 67, of 67 Center St., Apt. B6, was charged last month with aggravated driving while intoxicated, second-degree assault and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon.

Wolfeboro police charge that on Dec. 5, 2017, Watson knowingly drove while under the influence of an intoxicating substance and that in her impaired state she struck Wesley Smallidge, 36, with her car about 10:15 a.m.

Smallidge, who works for the Wolfeboro Public Works Department, had just finished clearing leaves from a roadside ditch on Beach Pond Road and was loading a leaf blower into the bed of a town truck when he was struck by Watson’s silver 2007 Honda Accord.

Smallidge suffered a severe displaced compound fracture of his right leg and was airlifted to Maine Medical Center for treatment. He has since recovered and is back on the job.

Other conditions of Watson’s release are that she not have any contact with Smallidge or possess any weapons.

Watson is scheduled to appear for a case status hearing in Carroll County Superior Court on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.

Public defender Peter MacKenna has filed notice that if the case goes to trial, the defense will require both the person who collected a sample of Watson’s blood or breath and the person who analyzed it to be available to testify.

As part of their investigation, police inspected Watson’s car and found no mechanical defects that would have contributed to the accident.

According to the criminal complaints, all of the charges are Class B felonies, potentially punishable upon conviction by 3.5 to 7 years in prison. If found guilty of the aggravated DWI charge, Watson could have her license revoked for 18 months to two years and be required to maintain an alcohol ignition interlock device on her vehicle for up to a year after her driving privileges are restored.

Assistant Carroll County Attorney Kimberly Tessari is prosecuting the case.

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