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Man accused of drunken driving in police cruiser crash

July 8, 2021 GMT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A man has been accused of drunken driving following a crash into a parked Portsmouth Police Department cruiser that had its emergency lights on, police said.

Police were investigating a multi-car crash Wednesday night and an officer was outside of the cruiser directing traffic. The officer saw a vehicle that wasn’t slowing down and tried to signal the driver to stop, but the vehicle didn’t stop. The officer was able to run away from the cruiser, which was struck by the vehicle, police said in a news release.

A passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries and airbags in both vehicles were deployed, police said.

The driver, who was from Massachusetts, also was charged with negligent driving. He was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 9. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.