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Brentwood fire chief charged with DWI after truck crashes into car, lands in garden

Union Leader Correspondent

October 09. 2018 4:14PM
Brentwood Fire Chief Bill Campbell allegedly was intoxicated when his truck hit a car in Fremont and ended up in a nearby garden. (Fremont Police Department)

Brentwood Fire Chief Bill Campbell was charged with DWI after a crash in Fremont. Fremont Police Department

FREMONT — Brentwood Fire Chief Bill Campbell was charged with driving while intoxicated after his pickup truck crashed into a car, snapped a utility pole and ended up in a garden off Route 107 Friday night, police said.

Campbell, 49, of 36 Susan's Way in Fremont, is free on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.

Campbell, who was hired as Brentwood chief in 2017, is also a Nashua Fire Department lieutenant.

Fremont police Sgt. Jason Larochelle said Campbell told police that he was returning from a funeral at the time of the crash.

Campbell was driving a 2013 Ford F-350 pickup north on Route 107 just north of Kelsey Drive when he crossed the double yellow line and hit the rear passenger door of a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant heading south just after 9:30 p.m., Larochelle said.

The impact caused both vehicles to spin off the southbound travel lane, Larochelle said. The car crashed into a utility pole while Campbell's truck broke through another pole and ended on its side in a garden at Carder Farm.

Campbell wasn't hurt in the crash, Larochelle said.

Jeffrey Goucher, 18, of Newton, the driver of the car, and his female passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to Exeter Hospital where they were treated and released.

"With the extent of the damage to the two vehicles, we feel lucky the injuries to all of the involved parties were not more severe," Larochelle said.

Campbell is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 18 in Brentwood circuit court.

He could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Nashua Fire Chief Brian Rhodes said Campbell has been placed on paid leave while his department conducts an internal investigation into the incident.

Rhodes said information will be provided to the city's board of fire commissioners after discussions with the legal department and firefighters' union.

"We'll come up with some sort of resolution plan once we figure out exactly what transpired," he said.

Campbell has been a firefighter in Nashua since 2006.

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