By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Meredith man convicted by a jury of misdemeanor reckless conduct and two misdemeanor counts of disobeying an officer will have to post $15,000 in cash if he wishes to remain free while his case is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Joshua J. Deboer, 31, of 24 Follett Road was sentenced last week to serve 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections for reckless conduct, and 12 months with six months suspended for one count of disobeying a police officer. All of a 12-month sentence for a second conviction of disobeying a police officer was suspended. A Belknap County jury exonerated Deboer two weeks ago on one count of felony reckless conduct.
Deboer was convicted for driving at speeds up to 100 mph on Parade Road and for failing to stop for two police officers who were trying to get him to stop. His attorney has asked the court to set aside one of the disobeying an officer convictions.
In court Tuesday, Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen requested $25,000 cash bail for Deboer saying that his driving record has shown that "he is a danger."
She told the court, Deboer has had three convictions for reckless conduct and four speeding tickets.
In 2003, said Guldbrandsen, Deboer had three passengers in his car when he crashed it on Parade Road. One of his passengers sustained a fractured vertebrae while the other two were not injured.
In 2008, Deboer was involved in a double fatality on Parade Road for which he pleaded guilty to reckless operation. Guldbrandsen said he was racing the other vehicle and the two young men from Alexandria in the other car crashed. Both were killed.
According to Guldbrandsen, an accident reconstruction specialist determined he was driving about 90 mph and Deboer admitted to driving 75 mph through the curve. She said he admitted driving as fast as 100 mph on the straightaway before the curve.
"He is a danger to the community," Guldbrandsen said.
Deboer's attorney asked for $8,000 cash bail pending the appeal, arguing this was the same bail he had been able to post while awaiting trial. He said Deboer's family could not post any more money.
Guldbrandsen asked the court that if Deboer was to post bail that he not be allowed to drive. Deboer asked that he be allowed to drive to work and back however the judge determined that if he posts bail he may not drive at all.
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