Faces Multiple Charges
On July 9, at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Lebanon Police Department received a report of a vehicle operating erratically, with a further report that the operator didn’t appear to be fully conscious.
Lebanon Police Corporal Garrett Hubert and Officer James Pike located the vehicle stopped on Mechanic Street after it had reportedly struck a telephone pole. As officers prepared to approach the vehicle, the driver fled on Mechanic Street toward downtown, said Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello in a statement. Lebanon Police officers pursued the vehicle, "observing that it was operating in an extremely erratic and dangerous manner, at speeds of no more than 25 MPH," said the Lebanon Police Department in the statement.
The driver eventually stopped on School Street, where he was ordered from the vehicle and taken into custody, said Mello. Norman Bevins, age 44, of White River Junction, VT, is charged with Disobeying an Officer, a Class A Misdemeanor, Driving While Intoxicated, a Class B Misdemeanor, and a Violation offense of Open Container. At arraignment, Bevins was also facing a charge of Reckless Operation, a Violation.
Bevins is currently on probation and he was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections pending the filing of a probation violation.
Bevins was to be arraigned in the New Hampshire 2nd Circuit Lebanon District Division on July 10.