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Police make arrests in two drunken driving incidents

The New Hampshire State Police arrested two Massachusetts men in Hooksett and Concord on Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The police received a call about 9 a.m. Saturday concerning a black Chevrolet truck driving erratically along Interstate 93 southbound near Canterbury, according to a press release. Trooper 1st Class Christopher Rollston began following the truck near Exit 17 and attempted to stop it, but the driver, John Byron of Lowell, Mass., did not respond, according the police. He was eventually stopped by spike strips deployed near the Hooksett toll plaza.

The police charged Byron, 31, with driving under the influence of alcohol and disobeying a police officer.

Also on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., the state police received a call about a Ford Edge driving erratically on Route 89 southbound. The police found the car at a traffic stop on Clinton Street. Paul Jopling, 62, of Pepperell, Mass., was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail.

Both men are due in Concord’s district court Aug. 26.

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