Man Charged with Drunk Driving After Hitting Sign, Guardrail

K-9 search dog found driver, who left accident scene

NBC 7 San Diego

An Epping, New Hampshire, man was charged with drunk driving and other driving-related charges after crashing his car into a street sign, then a guardrail and leaving the scene of the accident early Saturday morning in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Randy Sprague, 33, was charged with driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense; conduct after an accident; reckless operation; and two counts of criminal mischief, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Police said Sprague's car was traveling westbound on Route 101 around Exit 10 at about 2 a.m. when the car swerved off the road, hit a sign, then a guardrail.

Witnesses to the crash reported seeing someone standing by the car, but when police arrived minutes later, there was no driver.

Police, concerned about the cold temperatures and possibility of injuries to the driver, called in a K-9 search dog to assist. The dog tracked a scent through thick woods and over a stream to find Sprague on River Road in Stratham.

Sprague is being held on $500 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. 

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