By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A local man charged with multiple offenses, including bail jumping and felony receiving stolen property for being in possession of a stolen motorcycle, was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail Friday provided he get a spot in a local homeless shelter.
David Godbout, 48, whose last known address is in Belmont, was on Shaker Road just after midnight when a patrol sergeant saw him driving a motorcycle that had been reported stolen from a Laconia residence about four hours earlier.
Godbout was charged with receiving stolen property, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and driving after a license suspension. Belmont Police said he had warrants for his arrest for shoplifting from both Laconia and Tilton.
A bail commissioner released Godbout on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and he was given a court date of June 23 in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.
When he failed to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest and Belmont Police added a charge of bail jumping.
Laconia Police arrested him Friday after finding him sleeping in a car on River Street. He was charged with one count of criminal mischief and affidavits said he told police he had slept in another car earlier because he had no place to go.
Belmont Police requested he be held on $500 cash while Laconia Police said personal recognizance bail would be acceptable for their criminal mischief charge.
His public defender told the court that Godbout was unable to raise $500. When he went to argue that Godbout is from the area, Judge Jim Carroll said he knew him well and was aware of his ties to the community.
"(These charges) are a creature of homelessness, not a creature of malice," he said, adding that, if he is released, Godbout wants to seek a spot in an alcohol-free environment like the Carey House but would be first going to the hospital.
The Belmont prosecutor said Godbout has multiple prior offenses, including a total of three simple assaults that date back to 1991 and 2010. The balance of his offenses, as read in court, were operating a motor vehicle after being deemed an habitual offender, shoplifting and willful concealment.
When asked by the judge, he said Godbout's blood alcohol content was allegedly 1.8 when he was arrested on Shaker Road. Laconia Police said there was a strong odor of alcohol when they found him sleeping in a stranger's car on River Street Thursday.
Carroll told Godbout, who appeared by video, that if the current charges he faces were alleged crimes against people and not property crimes, he would not consider personal recognizance bail.
Carroll said he must live in the Carey House, report every Tuesday to Compliance Court, remain drug-free and alcohol-free, and sign a waiver of extradition.
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