Concord man accused of threatening murder in high-speed domestic dispute

  • Paul Loukedes Courtesy of the Concord Police Department

Monitor staff
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A city man is accused of driving in excess of 100 mph in a heavily populated Concord Heights neighborhood before purposefully crashing a car in an attempt to kill himself and his wife.

Paul Loukedes, 47, of Concord faces one count of attempted murder in addition to nine other felony and misdemeanor charges, including drunken driving, in connection with the incident Tuesday night on Branch Turnpike. He waived his arraignment Wednesday afternoon in Merrimack County Superior Court, where a judge ordered him held for lack of $50,000 cash-only bail.

Police said the couple went out for a drive about 6:30 p.m., and that on the 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 an 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 the passenger’s side window and ran to the first house she could see with a light on. Inside, a man provided her with paper towels in an attempt to control the bleeding from a gash on her head, while someone else called for an ambulance, according to court documents.

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.

Loukedes had attempted to drive the car from the area, but a resident of Branch Turnpike intervened, police said. A man, who had just returned home with his wife, said he found the car on his lawn next to his house, and called 911. Loukedes was in the driver’s seat, attempting to back up the car, which had sustained major front-end damage, according to the affidavit. The homeowner told Loukedes to shut the car off, which he did before walking away, police said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Loukedes’s wife remained hospitalized.

She told police during an interview Tuesday night that her husband has a domestic violence record and a history of mental illness. She said during a recent visit to Franklin Hospital he was prescribed new medication that makes him “cuckoo” and “unpredictable,” the affidavit reads.

After being read his Miranda rights, Loukedes told police he had not knowingly driven the car, but questioned whether his medication may have made him black out. He told police he was out with a friend until about 7 p.m., at which time he’d returned home and heated up dinner before retreating to his bedroom, the affidavit says.

“Why, did I kill my wife or something?” Loukedes asked investigators more than once.

He then inquired about the nature of her injuries before finally saying he would “take the rap” for what had happened, the affidavit says.

In addition to attempted murder, Loukedes faces felony counts of reckless conduct and criminal threatening. He is also charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, driving after suspension or revocation, and conduct after an accident, all misdemeanors.

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