NH State Police vehicle rear ended by suspected drunk driver

A New Hampshire state trooper was struck by a drunk driver while parked in the tow lane of the Everett Turnpike.

The soldier’s vehicle was parked along the northbound lanes near Exit 11 when it was struck by a 2007 Ford Edge at approximately 7:40 a.m. The soldier was inside the vehicle at the time.

The driver of the Edge, identified as Erica Murphy, 39, from Manchester, and the soldier were taken to Elliot Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

NH State Police vehicle after being rammed by an SUV on 04/30/22

NH State Police vehicle after being rammed by an SUV 4/30/22 (NH State Police)

Murphy has been charged with driving under the influence and is expected to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Monday.

“Your New Hampshire State Police troopers continue to put their lives on the line, every day, to ensure that New Hampshire remains the safest state in our country,” said Col. state Nathan Noyes in a statement. “The dangers they face are real and often ruthless. As our men and women continue to keep everyone on our roads safe, we ask those who travel to stay alert and avoid distractions, fatigue and impaired driving. It takes all of us to keep our communities safe. »

It was the second state vehicle to end up rear-ended on a highway this week.

Helen Simpson, 78, of Manchester rammed her VW Beetle into the back of a DOT truck working in a lane closed to traffic on Route 101 in Auburn on Thursday afternoon.

NH State Police vehicle after being rammed by an SUV on 04/30/22

NH State Police vehicle after being rammed by an SUV 4/30/22 (NH State Police)

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