NH man charged with drunken driving after police chase

WEBSTER, N.H. — A Granite State man is facing a drunken driving charge after leading officers on a wild car chase through Webster, New Hampshire, police said.

A Webster police officer attempting to pull over a speeding car on Lake Street about 11:12 p.m. Saturday called for backup when the driver, who narrowly avoided hitting a telephone pole, sped up instead of stopping, according to police.

The chase came to an end when the driver, later identified as Michael Bowman, 27, of Webster, missed a turn off Granite Street and hit a fire hydrant and a chain link fence.

Bowman, who registered a .13 on an alcohol breath test at the station, was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, failure to stop for police, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

Bowman was released on $40 cash bail and is expected to be arraigned Monday in Dudley District Court.

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