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Pembroke man pleads not guilty to aggravated DWI after Barnstead crash



Monitor staff
Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Pembroke man pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated after a car crash left a man in a coma.

Peter Richard, 32, waived his arraignment and entered his plea Wednesday in Belknap County Superior Court, according to court documents. Richard is charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after the vehicle he was driving went off Narrows Road in Barnstead and collided with a tree about 10:21 p.m. July 30, according to police.

Kristopher Prescott, who was riding in the back seat of the vehicle, was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after suffering a concussion, bleeding in the brain and a broken wrist, reports said. His current condition is unknown.

Both Richard and his husband, Dana Dexter, were transported to Concord Hospital as a result of the crash. Dexter is a Concord police officer.

Richard refused sobriety tests later that night at the hospital, police said, although a blood test was taken “for medical purposes,” according to an affidavit written by New Hampshire State Police Trooper Christopher Carter. The defense has requested that the person who took the blood sample, as well as the person who tested the sample, appear at trial.

Carter interviewed Richard at the hospital and noted the odor of an alcoholic beverage, that Richard’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and that Richard was speaking with a “thick tongue” at times during the conversation, according to court records.

Richard denied drinking any alcohol and stated that he didn’t know why Carter could smell alcohol. Carter then reportedly asked Richard to do some “tests,” which Richard declined after repeatedly stating it was his right to refuse, according to court documents.

Richard said he had taken Lorazepam at 2 a.m. July 30, noting that he takes the drug as needed when he wakes up in the middle of the night or when he has anxiety, according to reports.

Richard is out on $1,000 personal recognizance bail, according to court documents. He is ordered to possess no firearms or dangerous weapons, and to consume no alcohol or possess any non-prescribed controlled drugs.

Belknap County Attorney Adam Woods declined to comment. A call left for defense attorney James Moir was not returned.