Wrong-way driver stopped at Hooksett Toll Plaza, charged with DUI

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CONCORD, NH – A Windham woman is charged with driving under the influence after she was stopped at the Hooksett tolls by NH State Police Troopers for driving the wrong-way on the toll road, between Bedford and Hooksett.

Troopers from the New Hampshire State Police Troop B barracks responded to a report of a wrong-way driver on the Everett Turnpike near Exit 13 (Manchester-Boston Regional Airport exit) at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 10. The driver, later identified as Chelsea A. Cormier, 24, of Windham, made it all the way to the Hooksett Toll Plaza before she was stopped with the use of spike strips.

Cormier was driving a 2003 Toyota Prius when she was spotted traveling north in a southbound lane going through the Bedford tolls. She continued onto I-293 northbound, traveling the 13 miles between the Bedford tolls and the Hooksett tolls in the wrong direction. State Police dispatch received multiple calls about the wrong-way driver from different motorists.

Troopers from Troop D set up at the Hooksett Toll Plaza and successfully stopped Cormier using spike strips, which flattened two of the car’s four tires.

Cormier pulled into the breakdown lane south of the Hooksett Rest area.  However, she then attempted to pull back onto the highway with two flat tires. She was  blocked by Troopers and taken into custody without incident, charged with driving while intoxicated.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Trooper Megan Walsh, Troop D, at 603-271-1162.


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