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DWI charge brought after Timbertop Road crash in New Ipswich

  • The driver was arrested following a crash on Timbertop Road in New Ipswich on Monday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The driver was arrested following a crash on Timbertop Road in New Ipswich on Monday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The driver was arrested following a crash on Timbertop Road in New Ipswich on Monday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The driver was arrested following a crash on Timbertop Road in New Ipswich on Monday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The driver was arrested following a crash on Timbertop Road in New Ipswich on Monday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The driver was arrested following a crash on Timbertop Road in New Ipswich on Monday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The driver was arrested following a crash on Timbertop Road in New Ipswich on Monday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The driver was arrested following a crash on Timbertop Road in New Ipswich on Monday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, April 22, 2019 12:24PM

A driver was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after a crash on Timbertop Road in New Ipswich Monday morning.

Richard Prince, 57, of New Ipswich was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Police and the fire department responded to Timbertop Road about 9:30 a.m. and found that a 2007 Ford Freestyle, driven by Prince, the only occupant of the car, had gone off the right side of the road, going part-way down a steep embankment and coming to rest nearly vertically against a pine tree.

Prince was not injured, Police Chief Tim Carpenter said at the scene.

Prince was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated and was taken by police to Monadnock Community Hospital for a blood test to confirm his blood alcohol level. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash, Carpenter said.

A resident on Timbertop Road, Tom Rizzo, said he was working in his yard when he saw the car pass his property, and then almost immediately after heard what sounded like a tree falling.

“Just the timing of it, I knew it wasn’t right,” Rizzo said.

Rizzo ran up the road and found the car, and he and a driver who was passing on the road called 911. Rizzo said he checked on Prince in his vehicle.

“He was conscious, and I asked him if he was hurt and he said no,” Rizzo said.

Prince’s Ford came to rest against a pine tree at the top of an embankment that dropped down about 20-25 feet. Fire crews used cables attached to a fire truck to secure the car before assisting the driver out of the vehicle from the driver’s side door.

Rizzo said the curve where the vehicle went off the road has several much steeper embankments and no guard rail.

“If that pine tree hadn’t been there, the guy probably would have been dead if his car rolled down the hill,” Rizzo said. “That’s a lot of rolling a car can do. As long as he’s alright, every thing else can be fixed in life.”

Prince was released on personal recognizance bail and issued an arraignment date of April 24 at the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.