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North Walpole teen indicted, accused of driving stolen car into river

CLAREMONT — The North Walpole man who allegedly drove a stolen car into the Sugar River while fleeing from a state trooper last month has been indicted on charges of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and receiving stolen property.

Travis Hattey, 18, of North Walpole was arrested after he allegedly fled from a state trooper in a stolen 2006 Toyota Tundra in the early morning hours of Sept. 6 on Elm St. in Claremont near the intersection of Factory Street and Main Street and then plunged in to the Sugar River.

Before ending up in the river, he allegedly ran a red light while traveling at 40 to 50 miles per hour, according to an indictment handed down by the Sullivan County Superior Court Grand Jury last week.

His actions placed the “motoring public” as well as a passenger in the Toyota in danger of serious bodily injury, the indictment said.The indictment refers to the Toyota as the deadly weapon.

The passenger, a juvenile from Westminister, Vt., swam away from the scene in the river and was later found in Bellows Falls, Vt.

Hattey was initially seen holding onto rocks at the base of a river embankment. When police tried to help him up the embankment using rope, he disappeared into the river.

A dive team from the Southwestern Water Rescue Task Force searched the river for more than five hours, but did not find him. He was located several hours later that day in Claremont.

According to the indictment the Toyota had been stolen from a Factory Street couple.

Hattey is facing three-and-a-half to seven years in state prison and a $4,000 fine on the reckless conduct with a deadly weapon charge and seven-and-a-half to 15 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine on the receiving stolen property charge.

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