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Rather than chase an ATV on the interstate, police waited for it to run out of gas

  • Richard Meyer, Northwood, DWI


By Monitor staff
Monday, July 09, 2018

A Northwood man who drove his ATV on I-93 while intoxicated was arrested after his machine ran out of gas, police said.

Derek C. Meyer, 19, of Northwood, was charged with aggravated DWI, reckless operation and disobeying a police officer. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and given a Laconia District Court date of July 19.

Police said they received “numerous phone calls” about an ATV driving “erratically” on I-393 onto I-93 northbound on Friday. A state trooper from Troop E in Tamworth caught up with the ATV near Exit 20 in Tilton, but the “ATV would not stop and continued north,” according to New Hampshire State Police.

Rather than chase Meyer down, police just waited for him to run out of gas, they said.

“New Hampshire State Police did not pursue the vehicle and made notifications to other police agencies knowing the vehicle would be running out of fuel over the next few miles.  Shortly thereafter, State Troopers from the Troop D barracks in Concord found the ATV on I-93 at exit 23 in the Town of New Hampton, as the vehicle did run out of fuel,” police said.