WARNER — A 53-year-old New York man is facing a DWI charge and a bevy of traffic violations after leading police on a high-speed chase from Warner to Lebanon and crashing his car Monday night, according to state police.
Kenneth Michael Moulin, of Williamsville, N.Y., was eventually stopped and charged with aggravated DWI, disobeying an officer, reckless driving and conduct after an accident, and was cited for an open container violation.
Moulin was released on personal recognizance, but taken to the Merrimack County jail to be held in protective custody. He is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 15 in 5th Circuit Court — District Division — Newport.
According to New Hampshire State Police Troop D, about 9:35 p.m. Monday a concerned motorist reported a vehicle on Poverty Plains in Warner being driven in a hazardous manner.
The caller said the vehicle stopped in the middle of the road, then drove away in an unsafe manner, police said. The caller followed the car on Route 127, onto Route 103 in Warner and continued north passed the Exit 8 area on Route 103 towards the junction for Exit 9, according to police.
The silver Nissan Armada pulled into the Market Basket on Route 103 in Warner before getting onto Interstate 89 North at Exit 9 and continuing north in an erratic manner, with the caller behind updating State Police dispatchers.
State police intercepted the SUV about Exit 11, saw the vehicle did not have its tail lights activated and had crossed the dotted white line into the breakdown lane, police said.
A trooper turned on lights and siren but the Armada drove from the breakdown lane and through the solid yellow line, according to police.
The pursuit continued north into Enfield where waiting troopers had deployed stop sticks. The SUV continued at speeds topping 95 mph with shredded tires, police said.
In Lebanon, the SUV drifted onto the shoulder, crashed in a ditch and rebounded into the breakdown lane, police said. The Armada paused, then took off again, traveling several hundred yards before stopping, police said.
Moulin, who was the only one inside, was arrested without further incident.
Police ask anyone with information to contact Trooper Eric Mercer at 223-4381 or via email at Eric.Mercer@dos.nh.gov