Atkinson D.A.R.E officer pleads not guilty after DWI arrestBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
December 06. 2017 12:21AM
PLAISTOW — An Atkinson Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer has pleaded not guilty to charges he was driving under the influence when he allegedly crashed into a car and struck a utility pole in Newton last month.
Sgt. Nathan Lyons, 36, of Plaistow, has entered not guilty pleas and waived his arraignment that was scheduled for Friday in the Plaistow Circuit Court on charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless operation and conduct after an accident.
Lyons was arrested on Nov. 21 after the crash on North Main Street. He was suspended without pay pending the results of an internal investigation by the Atkinson Police Department.
According to the complaints filed in court, Lyons was driving an Acura TSX on North Main Street while allegedly under the influence of “intoxicating liquor and/or controlled drug, prescription drug, over-the-counter drug, or any other chemical substance, natural or synthetic.”
Newton police said Lyons struck another car and continued driving a short distance before he crashed into a utility pole.
The reckless operation charge accuses Lyons of driving recklessly by “pulling in front of Emily Deguio and attempting to have her crash into him by stopping short and not letting her pass by him.”
Lyons also faces a conduct after an accident charge alleging that he knew he was in an accident while driving on North Main Street that damaged the rear of Deguio’s Mercedes and “failed to immediately stop said vehicle at the scene and give to the driver of the other vehicle his name, address, license number and registration of vehicle, nor did he give the required information to any police officer or nearest police station,” the complaint said.