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Woman arrested after crash at Dover tolls, facing DWI charge


DOVER — A local woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing and overturning her vehicle at the northbound tolls on the Spaulding Turnpike Tuesday night.

Amanda Graves, 23, lost control of a 2012 Kia Soul, struck a concrete barrier, and rolled over into the unmanned E-ZPass lane around 7:30 p.m.

After firefighters extricated Graves from the Kia, she was taken to Wentworth Douglass Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was arrested her at the hospital, according to police.

Based on an initial investigation, New Hampshire State Police believe "unreasonable speed and alcohol" were factors in the accident. State Police continue to investigate and are asking residents if they can help piece together what led up to the crash.

While the car sustained substantial damage, the concrete island protected the toll equipment, which appears to have minimal damage, according to Bill Boynton of the state Department of Transportation.

"Our toll shift leader and toll attendant working in the adjacent lane did a great job responding to the incident," Boynton said, adding no employees were hurt.

The tollbooth was fully open and operational as of Tuesday night.

As DOT crews continue to assess the damages, Boyton said it is unclear whether repairs are needed. He added that this will not affect upcoming repairs, scheduled to begin Sunday at the tolls in Dover or Rochester.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact State Trooper Brian Ross at 223-8490 or e-mail Brian.Ross@dos.nh.gov.

jquinn@newstote.com

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