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Boyfriend denies assaulting girlfriend charged with two DWIs in 24 hours

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

August 16. 2017 9:13PM
Jeremy Stephenson stands next to his truck following his arraignment Wednesday in Plaistow Circuit Court. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

PLAISTOW — A man charged with assaulting his girlfriend shortly before her second arrest in 24 hours for allegedly driving under the influence denies the allegations.

Jeremy Stephenson, 34, of Plaistow, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday on domestic violence simple assault and simple assault charges stemming from the incident that allegedly occurred Aug. 13 in between Sharon Estevao’s two DWI arrests — one of which involved the couple’s 4-month-old daughter who was in the car.

Stephenson was arrested by Kingston police after he was accused of pushing Estevao, 36, of Dracut, Mass., to the ground during an argument along Main Street in Kingston, but he maintained his innocence during an interview outside the Plaistow Circuit Court.

Stephenson said the argument occurred while he was driving Estevao to Exeter to pick up her car after it was impounded following her first DWI arrest on Aug. 12 in Exeter. Police said she’s suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.

“This is not normal for her to do this,” Stephenson said of Estevao, who could not be reached for comment.

Stephenson claimed the two were arguing about her DWI, housing and other issues with their daughter in his truck when Estevao tried to opened the door on Route 125 in Kingston. He said he then drove to Main Street, pulled over and parked.

He said he then took his daughter and the car seat out of the truck. He maintains that he never pushed her out of the truck.

Police were eventually called.

Stephenson said Estevao went to the hospital and later picked up her car.

“She went on her way and then got another DWI,” he said.

Estevao was spotted by another driver allegedly driving erratically on Route 125 in Plaistow with their daughter in the car.

Police said an officer witnessed similar erratic driving while following her. She was stopped and charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Stephenson said the state’s Division of Children, Youth and Families has placed his daughter in the custody of a family member.

Meanwhile, he and Estevao both remain free on bail. He has been ordered to have no contact with her.

She will be arraigned on the Exeter charge Thursday and the Plaistow charge on Aug. 25.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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