Thursday May 9, 2013

HINSDALE, N.H. -- A Claremont woman driving along Route 119 Saturday and her passengers were cited by police after the vehicle crashed and its rear-end wound up in the Ashuelot River.

Elizabeth Watson, 34, of Claremont, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol and Brittany Kemp, 20, of Sunapee, was taken into custody for an outstanding bench warrant from Newport District Court. According to Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner, Watson said she crashed the Chevy Malibu she was driving because she was trying to avoid an animal in the roadway.

Faulkner told the Reformer the call came in to his department at 11:35 p.m. and Cpl. Michael Bomba and Officer Charles Johnson responded. He said Watson and Kemp were transported to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, where they were processed for their citations. Both were released on bail. Faulkner did not know the extent of their injuries but said the vehicle was totaled.

The chief said Watson was ordered to appear in Eighth Circuit Court in Keene on Thursday, May 23, and Kemp was slated to be in Newport District Court Wednesday.

Winchester Police Lt. Chris Roberts said his department helped with traffic control following the crash.


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