HOLLIS –– Two drivers are facing charges after being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in separate incidents within a 24-hour period, according to Hollis Police Department Captain Brendan LaFlamme.
On October 13 at about 10:20 p.m., a Hollis officer parked on Broad St was approached by a vehicle whose driver had missed a turn.
The officer, upon speaking with the driver identified as Erik Swormstedt, 49, of Nashua, detected signs of impairment.
Following a roadside investigation, Swormstedt was arrested and transported to the Hollis Police Department (HPD) for processing.
He is now charged with DUI, his second offense, along with other charges including requiring an alcohol interlock device, driving after suspension, open container, and littering.
In a separate incident the following night on Silver Lake Rd, Hollis police, fire and EMS were dispatched to a single vehicle crash at approximately 8:40 p.m.
The driver, identified as Amy Pham, 56, of Amherst, was found to have driven off the road and down an embankment.
Officers determined Pham was impaired and had a blood alcohol content level of .25, over three times the statutory limit of .08.
Pham was placed under arrest and transported to HPD, where she was charged with aggravated DUI.
These incidents come as part of a worrying trend for the HPD, who have charged 38 individuals with DUI this year.
LaFlamme stated that this dangerous behavior is unacceptable, and the department will continue to aggressively enforce DUI laws on Hollis roadways.