Driver faces charges after crashing into Exeter home

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EXETER –– An 18-year-old driver has been charged with multiple offenses after crashing her car into a home on Main Street late Friday night.

Exeter Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the scene at 88 Main St. just before 10 p.m. where they found a blue 2023 Honda Accord S on its side against a residential building.

The crash caused significant damage to the structure.

The driver, identified as Hermione H.A. Porter of Epping, faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless conduct, along with several other motor vehicle violations.

According to an Exeter Police officer, Porter was spotted driving at a high rate of speed, more than double the 30 mph limit on Epping Road.

Despite the officer’s attempt to stop the vehicle, Porter reportedly swerved into oncoming traffic and evaded the officer in the Park Street area. The vehicle Porter was driving was not registered to her.

Shortly after losing sight of the Honda, dispatch received a report of a car crashing into a Main Street residence.

Porter, who managed to exit the vehicle with minor injuries, was transported to Exeter Hospital for further evaluation.

The residents of the damaged house were at home during the incident, but escaped injury.

They reported that the impact of the crash caused significant structural damage, likening the experience to an earthquake.

Due to the extent of the damage, the residents have been temporarily displaced.

A nearby property owner also reported damage to his property, including two destroyed trees and a granite post.

Porter was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Superior Court on Nov. 30 to face her charges.

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