Man pleads guilty to running over girlfriend with car twice

Associated Press
Published: 3/31/2021 4:29:32 PM

A man has pleaded guilty to running over a woman he was dating and then backing up over her again. She survived the attack.

Christopher Bourque, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday via Zoom from the Middleton jail to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a household member, the Eagle Tribune reported.

Bourque, of Manchester, was sentenced to 2½ years in jail. He will serve 18 months and the rest will be suspended for three years. He was also found guilty of intimidating a witness, and sentenced to three years’ probation. The judge in Haverhill District Court also ordered him to abstain from using drugs or alcohol and to take drug tests when asked.

A police report said a 30-year-old Manchester woman told authorities that Bourque had slapped her while they were driving on Jan. 22 around midnight. She got out of the car at a gas station and walked way, the report said. Surveillance video captured Bourque driving out of the gas station, onto the sidewalk, hitting the woman and then reversing back over her.

Bourque’s actions were the result of alcohol, an attorney representing him, Timothy Connors, told the newspaper, adding that “that Mr. Bourque will strive hard moving forward to maintain his sobriety and remain out of the court system.”

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