PORTSMOUTH — A Massachusetts man was arrested early Friday morning for charges alleging he was intoxicated while driving without lights, driving the wrong way on two roads and eluding an officer before crashing.
Police Sgt. Kuffer Kaltenborn said the series of incidents began at 2:12 a.m. July 3 while officer Brian Houde patrolled around Market Street and saw a car in front of him backing up without lights and on the wrong side of the road. Kaltenborn said the car then backed onto the wrong side of Bow Street, while the officer was along side it with the blue lights activated and motioned for the driver to pull over.
While the officer was turning around, Kaltenborn said, the driver took off.
Retracing the direction of travel, the officer soon found the car near the Interstate 95 on-ramp where it had gone over a curb and down an embankment, police said.
The driver was checked by firefighters and cleared medically, Kaltenborn said. He was identified as Kevin F. Brecken, 36, of 227 Cook Lane, Marlboro.
Police said Brecken was charged with alternate theories alleging aggravated driving while intoxicated and DWI, disobeying a police officer and reckless conduct. He is scheduled for an Aug 10 arraignment in the Portsmouth Circuit Court.