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Barnstead accidents land cars in ponds

The Barnstead Police Department responded to two car accidents where the vehicle ended up in a pond this week, Sgt. Joseph McDowell said.

The first occurred Monday night. McDowell said the vehicle in the pond turned out to be stolen, and the accident resulted in an arrest. He did not have any additional information on the incident.

The second accident occurred Tuesday morning. According to a press release, the Barnstead police and Barnstead Fire Rescue were called to the scene on Beauty Hill Road at 8:28 a.m. They received information that the car rolled over and was submerged in a pond, and the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Elizabeth Smith of Barnstead, freed herself and was not seriously injured.

The release said Smith, 20, told responders a deer crossed the road in front of her, and she swerved to avoid hitting it and lost control of her vehicle. Evidence at the scene showed Smith was traveling westbound on Beauty Hill Road, swerved and crossed the eastbound lane, then swerved again and hit a rock wall. The vehicle then became airborne and landed in the pond upside down nearly completely submerged, the release said.

McDowell said no arrests were made in the second accident. According to the press release, the vehicle was removed by Loudon Garage, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was called to review the scene.

(Mel Flanagan can be reached at 369-3321 or

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