State police cruiser hit from behind by drunk driver in Hooksett

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HOOKSETT — A 76-year-old woman from Manchester was injured during a crash in Hooksett yesterday.

Authorities say they were notified of a motor vehicle crash involving a New Hampshire State Police cruiser on Hooksett Road at the junction of the I-93 south exit 9 on ramp at around 7:50 p.m.

The crash occurred when a trooper was positioned in the right lane of Hooksett Road, emergency blue lights activated, investigating a separate motor vehicle crash when struck from behind.

The trooper was inside of the cruiser at the time of the crash along with the driver of the vehicle from the initial crash.

The trooper and Joyce Walton were transported to the Elliot Hospital for injuries sustained from the crash.

After an initial on-scene investigation, Michael Pavletich, 22, of Amherst, was arrested for suspicions of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and was transported to the Elliot Hospital where he refused medical attention.

Police say that driving under the influence was a factor in the crash.

All aspects of this crash remain under investigation and police are asking that anyone with additional information, or who may have witnessed the incident, contact Staff Sergeant Mark Suttmeier at 603-223-8546.

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