Pelham man arrested in connection with Lake Winnipesaukee hit-and-run boating incident

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GILFORD — A Pelham man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run boating crash that occurred on Lake Winnipesaukee last August, according to the New Hampshire State Police.

Demosthenes Macheras, 69, was taken into custody this morning with the assistance of the Pelham Police Department.

He faces misdemeanor charges of Simple Assault and Hindering Apprehension related to the incident on Aug. 12, at approximately 11 p.m.

The NHSP Marine Patrol unit received a call regarding a boating crash near Wolfeboro.

Marine Patrol, along with the Wolfeboro Police Department, responded to find a 50-foot SeaRay boat on the rocks in Winter Harbor.

The boat had crashed into a dock and another vessel before the operator and passengers fled the scene.

Witnesses reported that the occupants of the SeaRay were picked up by a blue 1997 Well Craft boat, registered in Pelham, and left the area, heading toward Tuftonboro.

The Well Craft was later found docked at a residence in the vicinity.

Macheras has been identified as the operator of the Well Craft that facilitated the escape of the SeaRay’s occupants before law enforcement’s arrival.

Macheras is scheduled to appear in Ossipee District Court on June 4.

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