Nashua Man Faces Drugged-driving Charge After Pelham Crash
PELHAM -- A 35-year-old Nashua man lost control of his SUV, drove through a grassy area and then hit an embankment that sent his vehicle airborne before it landed in the middle of Bridge Street amid heavy traffic Thursday, according to police.
That driver, Karl Saunders, is facing charges of driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drugs, and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, according to police.
Pelham police said in a press release that Saunders was unconscious when police approached his vehicle at Bridge and Willow streets about 4:30 p.m., and stopped breathing as additional emergency crews arrived.
Police, with help from a passerby, performed CPR on Saunders until firefighters rendered treatment that enabled Saunders to regain consciousness, according to police.
Saunders was taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for treatment, though he remained in police custody.
Police said a witness told them Saunders was driving north on Bridge Street (Route 38) when his vehicle crossed the double-yellow line and went through the grass along the road near the Willow Street Plaza.
The SUV then hit an embankment in the grass, “causing it to go airborne and eventually land in the middle of the intersection,” Pelham police said. “Traffic was very heavy at that time.”
There were no other injuries, according to police.
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