Plow driver allegedly drunk when he backed into LPD cruiser

LACONIA — A Gilford man has been charged with driving while intoxication after the plow truck he was operating allegedly backed into a Laconia police supervisor's cruiser — a 2014 Ford Interceptor SUV.

Gilford Police — who are investigating the crash — said Sgt. Dennis Ashley was patrolling on Lake Street (Rte. 3 North) when Douglas Fisher, 53, of Lake Street backed his 2004 Chevy pickup into the road from the Margate parking lot on the Gilford side of the roadway. Fisher is also charged with one count of operating after suspension.

The crash happened on December 15 at 2:48 p.m.

Gilford Police Sgt. Eric Bredbury said Ashley tried to take evasive action by moving into the oncoming lane but his cruiser was struck in the passenger side rear door and rear quarter panel. Ashley was not seriously injured and was not transported to the hospital. Fisher was not injured.

Bredbury said the truck Fisher was driving is registered to Plymeg Hotel Management.

According to information obtained from the N.H. Judiciary call center, Fisher was found guilty on July 23, 2012 of driving while intoxicated in May of 2012.

He was fined $620 and his license was suspended for nine months. He was ordered to complete a Impaired Driver Education Program.

Bredbury said Fisher entered a not-guilty plea on December 19 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division and has a trial date scheduled for February 4.

Laconia Police Lt. A Lessard said the cruiser is being repaired by Irwin Motors and he is unsure when the repairs will be completed. "Right now it's in the hands of the insurance companies," he said.

Lessard said the department has put it's Ford Explorer back into service until the SUV is repaired. He also said the department is thankful that Ashley wasn't injured.


CAPTION: The passenger side of a 2014 Laconia Police SUV after an allegedly impaired plow truck driver backed into it while plowing on December 15. (Gilford Police photo)