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Prosecutor seeks to revoke bail for former Nottingham state Rep. Kyle Tasker after arrest for DUI

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  • A red Nissan Murano operated by former state rep Kyle Tasker struck the back of a Dodge Dynasty in Rochester Tuesday night after Tasker failed to stop at a traffic signal. He is charged with driving under the influence; Tasker is facing other charges of soliciting a minor and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. —Courtesy photo

Monitor staff
Published: 11/2/2016 1:12:03 PM

Former state representative Kyle Tasker is facing a new misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, on top of multiple previous drug, weapon and sex crime charges.

Tasker was arrested Tuesday evening after police responded to reports of a red Nissan driving erratically on Gonic Road in Rochester.

Officers were dispatched to look for an erratic driver and came upon a three-vehicle crash, which involved the red Nissan Murano driven by Tasker. Police said a 1989 Dodge Dynasty and 2012 Ford Focus were both stopped at a traffic signal at the intersection of Gonic Road and Chesley Hill Road. Tasker allegedly failed to stop and struck the Dodge in the rear, which pushed the vehicle into the back of the Focus. Both the Nissan and the Dodge sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.

Police took a blood sample from Tasker to determine what substance Tasker was under the influence of, and the results of the test are still pending a toxicology report, Rochester police Capt. Gary Boudreau said.

Tasker was arrested and released on $1,000 cash bail. He is scheduled for arraignment on the new charge at 8 a.m. on Nov. 14 in Rochester’s district court.

Tasker is currently facing 13 felony charges in Rockingham County Superior Court. His most recent indictment on felonious use of a firearm and conspiracy to distribute a controlled drug came in September, and in July, he was indicted on 11 charges, including drug possession and solicitation of a minor.

Rockingham County Deputy Attorney Patricia LaFrance said Tasker’s bail from his previous charges was not revoked during a Wednesday dispositional conference because she was not made aware of his Tuesday arrest. She has since filed a motion with the court to have his bail revoked. The trial date in that case has been set for May 1.

LaFrance said Tasker’s bail conditions prohibited him from consuming any alcohol, narcotics or controlled drugs. She would not speculate on how his recent arrest might look in light of his ongoing case.

“That’s up to the judge,” she wrote in an email Tuesday.

Tasker is accused of using a Facebook account to lure a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter in Northwood. One of the new indictments accuses him of exchanging messages with the same girl online about coming to his home to smoke marijuana.

Police executed a search warrant of Tasker’s home in March and said they uncovered “vast amounts” of controlled drugs, including marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, ecstasy, hash oil and a narcotic called buprenorphine.

Prosecutors also accuse Tasker of having several firearms, including a rifle, a .357 Magnum and a Glock 42 .380.

Nottingham police began investigating Tasker in mid-January, when the girl’s mother accused the legislator of sexually harassing her daughter online.

A report from the attorney general’s office released in early October said Tasker used marijuana in the State House and sold the drug to a small number of state legislators as part of a drug distribution business he was running. None of the legislators were charged due to lack of evidence, according to that report.

Tasker pleaded not guilty to all charges and was free on bail.

Tasker previously served on the Children and Family Law Committee, and before that he was a member of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Everyone involved in Tuesday’s accident refused medical treatment on the scene, police said.

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, candrews@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)


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