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Woman pleads guilty to running over ice fishing equipment in Hancock

  • James Desrosiers’ ice fishing equipment is broken and strewn about after a vehicle was driven through his setup on Hancock’s Half Moon Pond Sunday. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, August 31, 2018 2:41PM

A former Hancock woman will have to pay for the ice fishing equipment she ran over while driving on Half Moon Pond in Hancock in February.

Bonnie Lee Lapointe, 47, has been ordered to pay $750 in restitution to Peterborough resident James Desrosiers, who told the Ledger-Transcript in February that he was fishing with his 20-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter on Feb. 4 when Lapointe drove over his ice fishing gear before driving her car at directly at him.

Lapointe, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and criminal mischief, was also sentenced to two years in county jail – all suspended for two years pending good behavior. She was also ordered to follow mental health treatment recommendations.

Charges of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, disobeying an officer, disorderly conduct, and interfering with hunting, trapping and fishing were dropped.

A Hancock Police Department press release said an officer later stopped Lapointe’s vehicle in Harrisville.

Lapointe told police she was on the pond to see how her car would respond to driving on the ice, according to an affidavit, before driving away from the officer.

Lapointe was arrested after driving over a mile after the original police stop. Police say she wasn’t driving at a high rate of speed, but she did ignore directives to stop.

Court documents say Lapointe is to reside in public housing in Vermont, if accepted. A White River Junction, Vermont PO Box is currently listed as her address in court documents.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.