LACONIA — A local man allegedly made a bad situation worse when he took his friend's car and crashed it on White Oaks Road Wednesday afternoon after being caught shoplifting at Walmart.
Police affidavits and complaints obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Nicholas Perriera, 28, of 10 Arch St. put some fishing lures in his girlfriend's pocketbook while he was with her at the store.
When confronted, Perriera allegedly grabbed the car keys from his girlfriend and left the store and the parking lot in her 2007 Ford Fusion. His girlfriend told police Perriera didn't have permission to take her car.
When he reached the area around 334 White Oaks Road he lost control of the vehicle, crashed and fled on foot. Police said he told someone who witnessed the crash that he didn't have a license.
Police arrived a found a heavily damage car and no driver.
With the assistance of a K-9 from Gilford Police, Perriera was located by police and placed into custody without further incident.
Affidavits said that between 2006 and 2014 Perriera was convicted in California on 10 felonies including assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of second degree burglary, three counts of taking a vehicle without consent, escape from jail and possession of a controlled substance while in jail.
He has other charges listed on his juvenile record.
For his actions Wednesday, Perriera is charged with one count of driving without a license, one count of taking a vehicle without consent, conduct after an accident, willful concealment, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.