Police: Man on cell phone crashes car into NH trooper’s cruiser

NEW HAMPTON, N.H. (WHDH) - A New Hampshire man is facing charges after police say he crashed into a state police cruiser in New Hampton while he was looking at his cellphone on Saturday.

A trooper responding to a crash on I-93 southbound at 10:25 a.m. parked in the breakdown lane with his emergency lights on, police said.

When the trooper was pulling equipment from the car, he allegedly heard screeching tires and saw a car heading toward the cruiser, and jumped onto the cruiser’s running board before the car struck the cruiser’s rear driver’s side door, police said.

The driver, later identified as Eric Jenness, 33, of Plymouth, allegedly stopped in the median and told troopers he had looked down at his cellphone shortly before the crash.

The trooper was not injured and Jenness suffered minor injuries.

Jenness will be charged with failing to move over for an emergency vehicle and using a cellphone while driving.

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