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Crash Leads to DWI Arrest
Unity, New Hampshire – On January 14, 2023 at approximately 9:18 PM Troopers from the Troop C barracks were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Unity Springs Road in Unity. It was reported that a single vehicle had crashed into a tree and the male operator of the vehicle fled the scene on foot. On arrival, troopers and local officers from the Newport Police Department located a Volkswagen Passat with heavy front-end damage. An investigation revealed that just prior to the crash, the suspect vehicle had passed another vehicle on a double yellow line during poor weather conditions which directly resulted in the vehicle losing control and crashing. Officers and troopers quickly located a set of footprints in the snow and followed them for approximately two miles until they ended in a wooded area on Gilman Pond Road in Unity. Officers illuminated the area and located a male subject who refused to cooperate with identifying himself but eventually was identified as the operator of the vehicle involved. The operator was identified as James Brandt, Age: 54, Acworth, NH.
Brandt was arrested on the following charges:
- Driving While Intoxicated
- Conduct After an Accident
- Reckless Operation
- Disobeying an Officer
Brandt was bailed and released on personal recognizance bail conditions and scheduled to appear in Newport District Court on February 14, 2023 at 8:30 AM. Troopers were assisted on scene by Newport Police Department and Unity Fire Department.