Bow and Concord police arrest same man hours apart

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  • Benjamin Benoit, 33, of Boscawen was arrested on back-to-back days in Bow and Concord and charged with driving while intoxicated along with other crimes. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 6/25/2018 2:26:59 PM

Police in Concord and Bow say they arrested the same man less than 24 hours apart at gas stations where he was found passed out in the driver’s seat and under the influence of drugs.

Benjamin Benoit, 33, of Boscawen was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in Bow after police received a report of a man nodding off in a car at the Circle K gas station on Route 3A. Benoit faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled drug and a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in connection with that incident. He was released on $7,000 personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear July 5 in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord.

Roughly 17 hours later, Concord police responded to the Cumberland Farms on North Main Street for a report of a man passed out in a vehicle. Officers made contact with Benoit on Friday about 8:35 a.m. and found him sleeping in a Nissan Altima. Upon further investigation, police learned that the Nissan had been reported stolen from a business in Pembroke, Concord police Lt. Sean Ford said.

The owner of the stolen vehicle said they do not know Benoit, who officers believe was under the influence of methamphetamine and/or a combination of heroin and fentanyl, Ford said.

As a result of that call, police arrested and charged Benoit with possession of stolen property, driving while intoxicated and breach of bail conditions. Benoit was again released, but this time on $3,500 personal recognizance with a July 12 court date.

Police ask anyone with information about the Concord incident to contact Ford at 225-8600 or the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.

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