Deja vu: Habitual offender arrested twice in same day

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William Farnswoth

MANCHESTER, NH — William Farnsworth, 21, of Manchester had a bad day yesterday, arrested twice in one day — for operating a motor vehicle illegally while a registered habitual offender, and being involved in a hit-and-run.

The first arrest happened around noon on Jan. 19 when Manchester Police responded to the area of Cilley Road and Cherry Avenue for a reported hit-and-run accident. Upon arrival, Officer Tom DuBois and Michael DeJoy investigated the crash involving a silver Volvo station wagon and another motor vehicle.

At the time of the crash, they were told an unknown white male was the operator of the Vovlo, so police contacted the registered owner, Renee Griffin, in an attempt to identify the operator of the 2001 S70 station wagon.

Officers later determined the identification of the operator as Farnsworth, and located him inside a Cilley Road apartment. He was arrested and charged with conduct after an accident and habitual offender in NH, a status he was registered under as of Feb. 2014.

Nearly 12 hours later Manchester Police Traffic Enforcement Officer Mark Aquino was patrolling the area of Queen City Avenue and South Willow Street just before midnight when he observed a motor vehicle infraction in the same area. He conducted a motor vehicle stop at Elm Street and Welch Avenue of a vehicle with two people inside. Officer Aquino observed a male operator and female passenger, who attempted to switch seats as Officer Aquino approached the car.

Officer Aquino realized the original male operator, who had allegedly changed positions in the vehicle, was Farnsworth, the same individual arrested earlier in the day for a hit and run involving the same vehicle, a 2001 Silver Volvo station wagon.

Offier Aquino arrested Farnsworth and charged him with Violation of Bail, Disobeying a Police Officer and Habitual Offender. He will appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on January 20th, 2015.


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