N.H. man arrested for driving under influence, producing methamphetamine

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N.H. man arrested for driving under influence, producing methamphetamine

A New Hampshire man was detained and charged with driving under the influence after he almost hit a pedestrian while driving erratically to a hospital, a spokesperson for the Claremont Police Department confirmed.

Police spokesperson said the department received a medical emergency call in the area of School Street just after 11:00 a.m. yesterday. Another call was received from a man requesting help shortly after, but contact with the second caller was lost.

When emergency crews reached the area, they learnt that 54-year-old Bradley Ames had driven himself to the Valley Regional Hospital. Witnesses told officers that the man drove into the parking lot erratically as well as at a high rate of speed. They also told officers that he had nearly stricken a pedestrian.

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Separately, the Claremont Police Department was probing a complaint of chemical odor coming from Ames’ residence. Investigators believe that he might possibly be cooking methamphetamine, a banned substance, at his home.

Police executed a search warrant, and gathered evidence indicating that he was illegally manufacturing methamphetamine at his address. He was thus also charged with conspiring to commit the crime of producing methamphetamine.

Ames was scheduled to be arraigned in the 5th Circuit Court of Claremont District Division on Friday. Investigators said additional arrests could be expected as a result of an ongoing investigation.

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