PORTSMOUTH — Police made a driving while intoxicated arrest Tuesday, following a crash on Dennett Street, by a driver with a dog as a passenger, said police Lt. Timothy McCain.
Officers were initially called about by contractors about the crash on Dennett Street and witnesses on North School Street reported seeing a vehicle leave that area at a high rate of speed, McCain said. When they arrived, patrol officers discovered a two-car crash scene, one of them a parked and unoccupied vehicle, he said.
Arrested at the scene near Whipple Street was Nicholas Bragg, 27, of 24 North School St., police reported. Bragg was charged with driving while intoxicated and taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for minor injuries, McCain said. He was not formally booked due to his high level of impairment, McCain said.
While police were investigating the crash and assisting Bragg, McCain said, officers discovered the 24 North School St. property had been ransacked and initially thought it was a burglary scene, McCain said. After investigating, police discovered it was Bragg's residence and everything he damaged was his own property, police said.
The mixed-breed dog riding with Bragg was uninjured and transported to the SPCA because Bragg was "too inebriated" to care for it," McCain said.
"And we couldn't hang on to a dog all day," he added.
Following his clearance from the hospital, police said, Bragg was released to a sober friend.