Police in Pelham, New Hampshire, have arrested a man they say crashed his SUV while under the influence and lied to police, saying a thief stole the vehicle.
The crash happened at the intersection of Dutton Road and South Shore Drive around 7:45 p.m.
A caller told police the SUV rolled over and the driver crawled out.
As police investigated they got a call from Brian Gervais, 31, who had the vehicle registered under his name.
He told police someone stole his SUV and that he chased the suspect in the woods. He claimed the thief punched him in the face and fled.
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Police met with Gervais and questioned him about the alleged theft, determining that his story was inconsistent.
Police determined he was driving the SUV and was also under the influence of alcohol.
He was arrested for DUI and false reports to law enforcement and was released to a sober adult on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on June 27.
It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.