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'Irate' Manchester man facing reckless conduct charge after allegedly causing downtown wreck

July 12. 2018 10:23AM
Manchester Fire Chief Dan Goonan, left, holds an IV bag as firefighters from nearby Central Fire Station work to remove an accident victim after a three-vehicle crash on Merrimack Street Wednesday morning. (MARK HAYWARD/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — A 28-year-old city man faces a reckless conduct charge after police accused him of causing a serious accident at Chestnut and Merrimack streets Wednesday morning.

Scott Sprague is accused of causing the crash, which occurred about 10 a.m., police said.  Four people including Sprague suffered serious injuries in the three-car crash, they said.

According to a news release, an irate Sprague had been involved in a disturbance at Manchester circuit court on Amherst Street shortly before the crash, and sped away in a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe after speaking briefly with a police officer outside the courthouse.

Sprague turned right from Amherst Street onto Pine Street going the wrong way, police said, then turned into the New Hampshire Institute of Art parking lot and back toward Chestnut Street. According to witnesses, he narrowly missed a pedestrian at the parking lot, and narrowly missed another who was crossing Chestnut Street at Manchester Street seconds before the crash, police said.

Sprague then sped through a red light at Chestnut and Merrimack streets, crashing into two other cars at the intersection, police said, injuring three other people besides himself. Police said Sprague crashed into a 2007 Chevrolet HHR heading west on Merrimack Street and driven by a 52-year-old Litchfield woman, which then crashed into a 2003 Toyota Camry heading east on Merrimack and injuring a 58-year-old passenger and 44-year-old driver.

All four people involved were taken to area hospitals, police said.

Sprague was booked on the charge from the hospital where he is being treated for a broken leg, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on Thursday.

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