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Rye man test driving Porsche held without bail after fender bender leads to arrest as fugitive

Union Leader Correspondent

December 04. 2017 4:37PM
James Dedeus (Stratham Police Department)

STRATHAM — A Rye man had a bad day Sunday when the Porsche he was test driving from a local dealership got rear-ended, and he ended up behind bars after police learned during the accident investigation he was wanted in Maine on domestic-violence charges.

James Dedeus, 70, is being held without bail at the Rockingham County jail on a fugitive-from-justice charge and is due in court Wednesday.

According to Stratham Police Chief John Scippa, Dedeus took a 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo on a test drive early Sunday afternoon and was sitting at a stop light on Portsmouth Avenue when another vehicle struck him from behind. The crash caused minor damage.

“This gentleman and the driver of the other vehicle exchanged information and he drove back to the Stratham dealership,” Scippa said of Dedeus.

According to a police affidavit, officer Michael Doucette went to the Porsche of Stratham dealership at 60 Portsmouth Ave. to investigate the accident. Doucette arrived and was told by the sales manager that a customer was involved in an accident while on a test drive. The customer, later identified as Dedeus, walked over to Doucette and provided his driver’s license. 

A worker checks a Panamera car on the final production unit at the Porsche plant in Leipzig, Germany. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

After speaking with Dedeus, Doucette ran a check on the driver’s license and learned that Dedeus was wanted in York County, Maine.

Scippa said Dedeus faces charges of domestic violence assault, violating a protection order and violating conditions of release. 

Dedeus was arrested without incident and taken to the Stratham police station for booking before being taken to Rockingham County jail.

Brentwood Circuit Court Judge Mark Weaver on Monday ordered Dedeus held without bail until a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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