BRISTOL — Two people were taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for critical injuries after the Dodge Durango Jason Brown was driving crashed head-on into a backhoe on Summer Street at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
A N.H. Department of Transportation backhoe operator was taken to the hospital, treated for minor in juries and released.
Police Lt. Kris Bean said Brown, 29, and his passenger, Cheryl Brown, 26 both of 140 School St. face a number of charges stemming from the crash.
Bean said Jason Brown will likely be charged with driving after being deemed a habitual offender and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He said a gun was found in the back seat of the Durango.
He said Cheryl Brown will likely be charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another because the car belongs to her and she has a valid drivers license, and for filing a false report to police.
Bean said she allegedly told police after she woke from surgery in Lebanon that she was the one driving the car.
Bean also said Jason Brown had been arrested by Tilton Police on January 24 and was charged with one count of driving after being deemed a habitual offender, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possession of drugs.
Bean said police have applied for a search warrant for the Durango. He also said police have reason to believe Jason Brown was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that may have contributed to the crash.