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Police stop 500 vehicles, arrest 10 at checkpoints in Bedford, Gilford

Sobriety checkpoints in Bedford and Gilford late Friday netted 10 arrests from more than 500 vehicles stopped, according to state police.

Jeffrey Nowell, 22 of Goffstown, attempted to avoid a checkpoint on Route 101 in Bedford by driving his vehicle through the divided highway median, police said. Police said they pursued Nowell, found him to be intoxicated and arrested him. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Others arrested were David Schwankert, 41, of Mont Vernon, for driving under the influence of drugs; Taylor Foster, 19, of Goffstown, for underage driving under the influence and transportation of alcohol by a minor; Donald Fleurent, 49, of Wilton, and Christopher Gagnon, 41, of Amherst, each for driving while intoxicated.

Bedford and state police stopped 257 vehicles. One person was given a summons for operating without a valid license and another for driving after suspension.

Those arrested were later released on bail and face arraignment later in the 9th Circuit Court District Division in Merrimack.

In Gilford, state troopers screened 260 vehicles and arrested five people. Those arrested were Rebecca Newsome, 41, of Sunapee, and Edward McDevitt, 54 of Kingston, each for driving while intoxicated; and Joseph Provencher, 19, of Manchester, for possession of a controlled drug.

Charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol were Samantha Provencher, 19, of Manchester, and Margaret McGovern, 19, of Hooksett.


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