MANCHESTER, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A 60-year-old New Hampshire man, who was pulled from a burning car, has been charged with aggravated OUI and reckless conduct, police said.
A Manchester Police Dept. officer was on routine patrol at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday when he encountered a vehicle parked on Pepperidge Drive, near Sherwood Drive. He noticed the car's engine was revving loudly and there appeared to be smoke and flames coming from underneath the hood.
As the officer approached the car, he could see a man, later identified as James Murphy, reportedly sitting in the driver's seat. The car was filling with smoke and the officer tried to get Murphy out of the car, but he refused and kept pressing the gas pedal all the way to the floor, police said.
The flames spread and the officer was forced to physically remove Murphy from the car, police said. He then used a fire extinguisher to get the fire under control.
Murphy was believed to be intoxicated during the incident. He was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated OUI and reckless conduct due to the fact that when the car caught fire it was parked only feet from an occupied home, as well as power lines and a tree. Children were also in the area.
No injuries were reported.