MANCHESTER, NH – James Cressey, 33, of Manchester, was charged with driving while intoxicated and conduct after an accident after crashing his car Sept. 26 into a house on Kennard Road and then fleeing the scene.
Police say at about 2:40 a.m. Officer Justin Mangum was called to a single car crash involving a building and an abandoned vehicle at 346 Kennard Road. Officer Mangum found a heavily damaged 2012 Mazda 6 against the side of a house. Impact to the residence was slowed by a large rock located in the Mazda’s path, police said.
Officer Mangum initiated a search for the driver of the vehicle who had fled the scene. Witnesses pointed him toward the area of Croteau Court, a nearby apartment complex. Multiple witnesses told police the operator fled as soon as the vehicle hit the house.
About 15 minutes into the investigation, Cressey walked up to the officer and identified himself as the owner of the vehicle. Cressey was bleeding and his clothes appeared to be covered in “dirt and soil,” according to the reporting officer.
Cressey was released on $1,000 cash/surety. He will appear in court on October 28, 2014.