Hit-and-run on Lincoln Street leads to OUI arrest for habitual offender

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MANCHESTER, NH — A Manchester man involved in a hit-and-run crash — who police say was driving illegally — was charged for driving under the influence of alcohol

Jonathan Felch, 34, of Manchester, was allegedly operating a 2014 Ford Explorer with his six-year old son as a passenger when he struck a parked car on Lincoln Street on June 21 at approximately 8:20 p.m. Felch damaged the driver’s side of a parked Chevy Impala, before turning west onto Silver Street. He also damaged the passenger side of his vehicle during the crash. The impact caused a flat tire so he parked his vehicle in front of 470 Silver St. and walked away from the vehicle.

Felch exited his damaged vehicle and walked away from the scene with his six-year old son. Witnesses spoke with the officers on scene and identified Felch the operator, who was located by police at Silver and Maple streets. Witnesses also stated Felch had thrown an alcoholic beverage in the bushes shortly before police arrived on scene. They retrieved a can of Twisted Tea near the crash site.

Officer Matthew McDonald spoke with Felch and determined he was under the influence of alcohol. He also learned that Felch was deemed a Habitual Offender, which precluded him from operating a motor vehicle. The officer requested an ambulance to check the condition of both Felch and the child.

Both were uninjured in the crash. Felch was charged with Reckless Conduct, Falsifying Physical Evidence, Habitual Offender, Conduct After an Accident and Operating under the Influence of Liquor (aggravated) and will appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on June 22, 2016.

The child’s mother picked him up from the scene.


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