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Wayward motorist charged with DWI

March 3, 2010
The Leader Herald

GLEN-A New Hampshire motorist who missed his target destination by more than 250 miles was charged with drunken driving Tuesday. Authorities say the man mistook the Montgomery County Jail for a U.S.-Canada border crossing.

William F. Edmunds, 32, of Hudson, N.H., was arrested at 10:19 p.m. and charged with felony driving while intoxicated and felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

Montgomery County corrections officers said Edmunds drove up to a loading dock at the jail, where a sign instructs drivers to stop and wait for an officer.

Lt. Burt Wilson said Edmunds tried to make contact with officers through an intercom at the gate.

Corrections officers said Edmunds was highly intoxicated and asked to enter Canada through the Niagara Falls entrance.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Edmunds said he was waiting to cross the border into Canada.

He refused to take a field sobriety test, deputies said, and he was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation because of a past conviction in New Hampshire.

Authorities did not report Edmunds' blood-alcohol content, but Wilson said the man was "drunk enough to think he was at the Canadian border."

"It certainly makes it easier on us when they drive themselves to jail," Wilson said.

Edmunds was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $5,000 cash and $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to return to Glen Town Court on Thursday.



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