NH Man Charged With Aggravated Drunk Driving

The man was air-lifted to an area hospital after crashing into two cars in Peterborough Saturday evening.

A Jaffrey, New Hampshire man is under arrest after police said he drove drunk and crashed into two cars, severely injuring other passengers.

The collision occurred around 7:18 p.m. in Peterborough.

Police said Leonard Gonthier, 54, was driving a 2001 GMC Jimmy eastbound on Route 202 when he suddenly swerved into the westbound lane, side-swiping a 2003 Ford Explorer.

The Explorer rolled over and came to a rest in the middle of the highway. The Jimmy continued in the westbound lane until it struck a 2012 Subaru Impreza head on.

The two passengers in the Explorer -- Cameron Vetter, 19 and Karlee Daub, 18, both of Rindge, New Hampshire -- suffered minor injuries and were released from the hospital. The driver of the Impreza, Reed J. Leger, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, suffered serious injuries but was also later released from the hospital.

After he was pulled from the vehicle, Gonthier was air-lifted to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center-Worcester for what were described as possibly life-threatening injuries.

While he was arrested on a charge of aggravated DWI, Gonthier could not be fully booked due to the extent of his injuries.

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