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Police: Family fight sparked rampage that ended with front-end loader pushing truck down Route 16

By BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent

March 06. 2018 10:25PM
Occupants of a car took video of the front-end loader allegedly driven by Edward Evans pushing a pickup truck on its side down Route 16 in Ossipee. (FACEBOOK/CHARLES OVI)



EDWARD EVANS

OSSIPEE — A Wolfeboro man is facing a charge of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon after he allegedly used a front-end loader to overturn a pickup truck and push it down Route 16.

Edward F. Evans, 55, has also been charged with felony criminal mischief based on the value of the truck, three misdemeanor counts of simple assault with bodily injury and a violation-level offense of reckless operation.

“I’ve had some weird cases but this one definitely makes the top ten,” said Ossipee police Sgt. Robert King.

“It was some family situation that just blew out of control. I don’t know what set it off, or what would prompt someone to take such dramatic action,” King said.

Evans was working at a job site in Rochester on Tuesday afternoon and not available to speak to a reporter, an employee said.

A driver who encountered the loader pushing the truck southbound on Route 16 from Evans’ business, Evans Brothers LLC at 800 N.H. Route 16, recorded the incident on a cellphone and posted it on Facebook on Feb. 22.

The ruined pickup truck has been seized by police and was taken by ramp truck to the secure impound lot at Crowell’s Towing in Sanbornville.

According to records at the 3rd Circuit Family Division Ossipee Court, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Evans on Thursday, Feb. 22, some hours after the truck was pushed down Route 16. ,

The petition was filed by Teresa Evans, who is married to Edward Evans’ brother and business partner in the excavating business, Ron.

In the petition, she alleged that Edward Evans had pushed her, causing her to fall, threw her phone when she tried to call her husband, and verbally threatened her by telling her, “You’re not leaving.”

“I do feel afraid of Ed now. I don’t know what he is capable of. He just snapped,” she wrote in her request for protective orders.

Judge Melissa Vetanze’s temporary protective order bars him from having any contact with Teresa Evans or coming within 100 feet of where she may be. A hearing to allow Edward Evans to challenge the allegations is scheduled for March 16 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the petition, the incident began when Ed Evans came into the Evans Brothers office where the woman works to complain about a black Ford pickup truck parked in the yard on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 22.

“I told him that’s not my deal and to go talk to someone else about it,” she wrote. Evans then went outside but soon returned to the office and “started yelling at me about another truck in the yard.”

She told him to talk to her husband Ron Evans about it, as she had nothing to do with it. The woman wrote that she asked Evans why he was trying to pick a fight with her and said Evans started to leave the office and go into the shop when he turned around and asked why she couldn’t have picked up some checks from a Wolfeboro business the other day.

“I told him his wife drives by there, four times a day. She can pick them up.”

After that exchange, Teresa Evans wrote, Evans took items off her desk and threw them and then pushed her down, allegedly refusing to let her get up. When she tried to get up, she claims he pushed her down again and told her she wasn’t leaving. When she tried to call her husband, Evans threw her phone, she told the judge.

She was able to get past Evans and run into the attached garage in the metal building to tell her son what had happened.

Meanwhile, Edward Evans is alleged to have gotten into the bucket loader and “smashed Henry’s truck down Route 16,” she wrote.

The 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck is owned by Henry Dapasquale, who police described as a friend of Edward Evans’ nephew. The nephew had apparently agreed to repair the truck but was waiting for parts to arrive.

The truck was pushed from Evans’ business to Richards Precision Alignment and Auto Repair at 801 N.H. Route 16, a distance of some 2,500 feet.

Police received a complaint that a dispute at Evans Brothers had resulted in an assault. When an officer responded to the business, a bystander inquired whether they were there about the loader pushing the truck down Route 16.

“No one called 911,” King said.

Evans was released on $5,000 personal recognizance set by a bail commissioner following his arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Carroll County Superior Court in Ossipee on March 15 at 9 a.m.


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