Police transport wagon out of commission after hit by alleged drunk driver

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MANCHESTER, NH – Two police officers escaped injury early Sunday morning after an alleged drunk driver crashed into the transport wagon they were assigned to. The accident happened on Main Street near Granite Street.

Officer J.P. Makara was turning north onto Main Street from Granite Street on Nov. 4 when the transport wagon was struck by a vehicle exiting the Gulf Express,at 51 Main Street.

The operator,  Yesica Restrepo-Tobon, 35, of Boston, Mass., was initially stopped at the posted stop sign inside of the gas station parking lot when she suddenly accelerated her 2015 Jeep crashing into the passenger side of the transport wagon, which was occupied by Officer Makara and Officer Amanda Smith. No one was injured, but the wagon was towed from the scene and is expected to be out of commission due to extensive damage.

Officer Felipe Fagundes responded to the scene and spoke with Restrepo-Tobon and determined she was intoxicated, so she was placed into custody. She was released from custody and issued a summons for operating under the influence of liquor and operating without a license. She is scheduled to appear in the Ninth Circuit Court-Manchester on November 27, 2018.

The officers returned to duty while a passenger in the Jeep removed it from the scene.