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Police say Troy man arrested in river for DWI lied about his ID


July 16. 2017 8:27PM


MARLBOROUGH — A 24-year-old Troy man faces a long list of charges after police said he had led them on a chase early Saturday morning on Route 12.

Police said Richard A. Pelto III drove past a DWI enforcement patrol “at a high rate of speed” about 1:55 a.m.

Sgt. Zachary Byam of the Marlborough Police Department was conducting stationary radar on Route 12 near the Marlborough Rest Area when he saw a 2001 Ford Ranger speed by.

Police tried to stop the vehicle, which took off.

“The pursuit continued onto Old Keene Road in Troy, where Mr. Pelto stopped the vehicle in the middle of the road,” police said in a news release.

“Both Mr. Pelto and his male passenger then fled on foot. Sgt. Byam engaged in a foot pursuit with Mr. Pelto, taking him into custody in a nearby river.”

Pelto was taken to the Cheshire County House of Corrections in Keene, where he was held without bail.

“During booking, Mr. Pelto used a relative’s photo identification and was fully processed under this name,” the news release states. “Further investigation revealed that Mr. Pelto had lied about his identity and he is facing additional charges as a result.”

Pelto, due to be arraigned Monday, faces many charges, including aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated — subsequent offense, operating after suspension of license, speeding, yellow line violation, license prohibitions, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled drug, reckless driving, disobeying an officer, resisting arrest and violation of probation.

The Marlborough Police Department was assisted by members of the NH State Police-Troop C and the Swanzey Police Department.


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