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Assistant county attorney facing drunk driving charges resigns

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 04. 2017 9:35AM

MANCHESTER — An assistant Rockingham County attorney who was arrested in Manchester early Saturday on a drunk driving charge resigned his position Sunday.

Police said Alexander Gatzoulis, 36, of Manchester, hit a parked car with his Cadillac.

According to Police Sgt. Richard Brennan, around 1:30 a.m. officers Eric Slocum and Canada Stewart responded to the area of Lowell and Ashland streets to investigate a report of a crash involving a parked motor vehicle.

Police said the owner of the parked vehicle told them he heard a loud noise outside and saw a white Cadillac CTS had hit the rear of his Toyota Camry.

According to police, the Camry suffered moderate damage.

No injuries were reported.

Police identified the driver of the Cadillac as Gatzoulis.

Gatzoulis was employed as an assistant county attorney for Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway.

Gatzoulis was taken into custody and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and transported to Manchester police headquarters for booking.

Police say he was later released to a sober person.

He is scheduled to appear in Manchester District Court on Dec. 14.

Rockingham County Attorney Conway’s office released a statement Monday morning announcing Gatzoulis’ resignation. It said, “Although Attorney Gatzoulis is innocent until proven guilty, prosecutors are in a position of public trust. When a prosecutor is arrested for any criminal offense, the public’s level of trust is diminished in the prosecutor’s ability to make tough judgement calls in the office and in the courtroom. As a result, the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to behavior that leads to arrest.”

A message sent to Gatzoulis on Sunday night seeking comment was not returned.

Gatzoulis ran a law office on Bay Street in Manchester specializing in estate planning, real estate and property law.

He closed the office last May to take a position with the Rockingham County Attorney’s office on June 5.

Gatzoulis worked as a prosecutor for the Weare Police Department from January 2014 to June 2017, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Prior to his years in Weare, Gatzoulis worked as a prosecutor for the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office.

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