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Atkinson D.A.R.E officer faces DWI charge after Newton crash

Union Leader Correspondent

November 28. 2017 5:26PM

ATKINSON — A police sergeant and Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer has been suspended without pay after he was charged with drunk driving.

Atkinson Police Chief Al Brackett said Sgt. Nathan Lyons was suspended Nov. 21 pending the outcome of an internal investigation related to his arrest in Newton after crashing a car. Lyons was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless operation and conduct after an accident.

According to Newton Police Chief Michael Jewett, Lyons was driving an Acura on North Main Street about 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 when he allegedly struck another car, failed to stop, and then continued driving a short distance before hitting a utility pole.

Neither Lyons nor those in the car that was struck were injured.

Lyons has worked for the Atkinson Police Department for 5 1/2 years and was promoted to sergeant three years ago, Brackett said.

In addition to his duties as sergeant, Lyons serves as the D.A.R.E. officer for students at Atkinson Academy, which serves kindergartners through fifth grade.

D.A.R.E. is an educational program led by police officers designed to teach students to resist peer pressure and avoid drugs and violence.

Brackett declined to comment on the internal investigation, saying it’s a confidential matter.

Dr. Earl Metzler, superintendent of the Timberlane Regional School District, called Lyons an “excellent resource for our community” and described the arrest as an “unfortunate” situation.

“We see this and any other unfortunate incident as a teachable moment. Sometimes really good people make bad decisions or exhibit errors in judgment that require consequences,” he said. Lyons was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bond following his arrest.

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