Pregnant motorist stun-gunned

Last modified: 3/11/2011 12:00:00 AM
A Pembroke woman was arraigned yesterday after the police said she left her infant daughter in her car to use a stun gun on a pregnant motorist she had earlier accused of holding up traffic by driving the speed limit.

Carissa Williams, 22, of 159 Buck St., was held yesterday on $100,000 bail set by Concord District Court Judge Gerard Boyle, appearing by video conference from jail to face charges stemming from the alleged incident just after noon Monday.

According to a report by the Concord police, Williams began yelling out the window of her Hyundai coupe at 28-year-old Corrine Leclair as both women were driving north on Route 3 past the Sheep Davis Road intersection. Williams was complaining to Leclair about "how being on her phone and doing 35 mph was holding up traffic," to which Leclair responded that the speed limit was 35 mph, according to the report.

Williams began to throw several items, including a plastic bottle and soda cans, at Leclair's vehicle as they drove toward Concord on Manchester Street. Leclair then followed the Hyundai north on Interstate 93 before it got off at Exit 14 and came to a stop at the traffic light, the police said.

As Leclair was relaying Williams's license plate number to the police dispatch, Williams got out of her running car, leaving her 6-month-old daughter inside, and approached Leclair's door, authorities said. Williams yelled at Leclair to "stop following me" and kicked the window, according to the report. As Williams opened the driver's side rear door, Leclair said she noticed Williams holding a black device with two silver prongs that made a crackling noise.

Leclair said Williams reached over the driver's seat and attempted to strike her with the device.

"I'm pregnant. I'm pregnant," Leclair screamed as she climbed over the center console and into the passenger seat in an attempt to get away, according to the report.

Williams then climbed into the backseat and struck Leclair with the device, which shocked her upper left thigh for two to three seconds as she continued to yell that she was pregnant, according to the report.

When Concord police Officer Matthew Casey originally made contact with Williams on Monday, she told him she had opened Leclair's rear driver's side door and yelled at her until Leclair started to cry, according to the report.

The next day, Casey obtained photos of red marks on Leclair's upper left thigh consistent with the use of a stun gun, according to the report. Leclair, who was present at Williams's arraignment, went to the hospital after the incident and was released, Sgt. John Thomas said.

When Casey and Detective Sean Ford came back to Williams with search warrants Wednesday, Casey said, he saw a black stun gun in plain view inside the Hyundai in the driveway. Williams told the officers that she had confronted Leclair with the stun gun and that there was "potentially contact" between the device and Leclair's thigh, according to the report.

Yesterday, city prosecutor Tracy Connolly described the recording of Leclair's 911 call as "very chilling." Casey said Leclair can be heard telling the dispatcher that Williams was approaching with a stun gun in hand and then yelling for Williams to get out of the vehicle before the stun gun is activated.

Williams has been charged with two felonies, second-degree assault and breach of bail conditions on prior charges out of Grafton County, and two misdemeanors for endangering the welfare of her child and criminal trespass.

In requesting $100,000 bail Connolly cited an "extremely lengthy (criminal) record for a 22-year-old person out of four different states" and described Williams as "absolutely a risk of flight."

Connolly cited various charges beginning in 2005 of drug possession, criminal mischief, criminal contempt, theft, criminal trespass, simple assault, and probation violations. The charges spanned courts in Hooksett, Concord, Plymouth and Grafton County.

Out of state, Williams has been convicted in New York of prostitution in 2008 and giving a false identity and unauthorized use of a vehicle in Virginia, Connolly said.

Julian Jefferson, Williams's public defender, said Williams is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.

"She does have quite an extensive criminal record, but if you notice all of it was between 2005 and 2008," he said. "Over the past three years, she has been on a much better course."

Jefferson said Williams had surgery the day after the incident for a serious illness that will require follow-up care over the next three weeks.

"She is eager to face these charges against her because she believes she was being terrorized on the road before she responded," he said.

(Matthew Spolar can be reached at 369-3309 or mspolar@cmonitor.com.)




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