John J. Bryfonski, Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH 03110
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Police Charge Man with Felony Conduct after Crash, Brief Police Pursuit
BEDFORD, N.H. — Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski reports that the Bedford and Merrimack Police Departments charged a man after he allegedly left the scene of a motor vehicle crash while under the influence of alcohol.
JAMES MYERS, AGE 38, OF MERRIMACK, N.H. is charged by Bedford Police with:
- Conduct After an Accident (Felony B)
- Disobeying an Officer
Additionally, he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated by the Merrimack Police Department.
On Monday, March 21, around 6 p.m., while traveling southbound on South River Road, a Bedford Police Officer was driving behind a Subaru Forester when he noticed the vehicle continued to drift back and forth in the lane.
As the vehicle approached Back River Road, it crossed the double yellow line, nearly striking another car. The officer attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop by activating his emergency lights, but the driver would not pull over.
Once the vehicle reached the Gold Club on South River Road, the operator hit the driver’s side rear quarter panel of a Toyota RAV4 that was attempting to pull over, causing it to hit a curb and for the airbag to deploy. The female operator was treated for minor injuries at a local area hospital in Manchester. The suspect vehicle made no effort to stop and continued on South River Road into Merrimack.
Merrimack Police also responded to the area and the Subaru eventually stopped on the Daniel Webster Highway near the intersection of Bedford Road. Police ordered the operator, identified as MYERS, out of the vehicle and he was taken into custody.
MYERS was taken to the Merrimack police station. He was later transferred to the Bedford Police Department for further processing.
“This suspect’s egregious behavior resulted the injury of an innocent motorist and endangered the lives of everyone around him, including himself,” said Chief Bryfonski. “I am grateful for the hard work of our Bedford and Merrimack Police Officers for apprehending this suspect before anyone else was harmed.”