Londonderry man charged with DWI after crashing into utility pole

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LONDONDERRY — A single-vehicle accident disrupted Route 28 traffic early Tuesday morning when a car veered off the road and struck a utility pole.

At 12:56 a.m., Londonderry Police Department officers responded to the scene near Smith Lane, where they discovered a vehicle entangled among trees on the south shoulder with a severed utility pole and live electrical wires obstructing the roadway.

The driver, James Shea, 31, of Malden, Massachusetts, initially told officers he was forced off the road by another vehicle.

However, after a thorough roadside investigation, authorities determined that Shea was impaired at the time of the crash, and no evidence supported his claim of another vehicle’s involvement.

Shea was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and False Report to Law Enforcement.

The accident caused Route 28 to be closed for several hours as crews worked to repair the damage.

Following his arrest, Shea was released on Personal Recognizance bail with a scheduled court appearance on May 7 in Derry District Court.

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