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Concord man sentenced to prison in high-speed domestic dispute

  • Paul Loukedes of Concord —Courtesy



Monitor staff
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

A Concord man was recently sentenced to 1½ to six years in state prison for intentionally crashing his car at a high rate of speed in a city neighborhood in February.

Prosecutors dismissed an attempted murder charge against Paul Loukedes in exchange for his guilty pleas to felony reckless conduct, as well as to misdemeanor counts of conduct after an accident and driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense.

Loukedes, 47, was scheduled to appear in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord next week for jury selection in the case. The trial was canceled subsequent to the court accepting the plea deal.

Concord police said Loukedes and his wife went out for a drive on Feb. 13 at about 6:30 p.m., and that upon their return home a verbal argument ensued. The woman stated she needed a break from their relationship and was going to go visit her sister in Florida.

In response, Loukedes said, “This is it; we’re going to end it,” according to a sworn police affidavit. Police said he began to speed and that he added, “We might as well go out together.”

The 2011 Ford Fusion struck a telephone pole, a white picket fence and a cement wall before sliding into a house at 33 Branch Turnpike. Loukedes’s wife told police she climbed out of the passenger’s side window and took refuge in a nearby home.

While the woman sought safety, Loukedes was seen stumbling around Branch Turnpike with a Mountain Dew before taking off into the woods, the affidavit says. Police later apprehended him at his home on Cricket Lane, not far from the crash scene.

Defense attorneys had asked a judge this summer to throw out incriminating statements Loukedes had made to police on the night of the crash, arguing no one had read him his Miranda rights until two and a half hours after his arrest. However, prosecutors argued that Loukedes volunteered the statements, which they characterized as “spontaneous,” and, as a result, Miranda protections did not apply.

Judge Richard McNamara ultimately agreed with prosecutors, ruling that the statements were “intelligently and voluntarily” made, and should be admissible at trial.

As a result of his convictions for DWI and conduct after an accident, Loukedes received additional jail time; however, he will serve those sentences concurrently to the state prison sentence and receive credit for time already served. Loukedes has been incarcerated since his arrest following the incident in mid-February, resulting in a total of 258 served prior to his sentencing on Oct. 29.

McNamara ordered Loukedes’s license revoked for three years, as well the installation of an ignition interlock device – which prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking alcohol – for 12 months upon reinstatement in the fourth year.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319 or at adandrea@cmonitor.com.)