Charges filed in connection with Lebanon High School 3-car crash on Monday


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Confrontation erupted alongside intricate rescue effort

LEBANON - Charges have been filed in connection with a confrontation over a tow truck that erupted late Monday afternoon at the scene of a three-car crash near Lebanon High School while firefighters and EMTs were in the midst of a two-hour extrication of a five-year-old boy whose foot was trapped inside one of the crushed vehicles.

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    Lebanon Police have issued a summons for a stop sign violation to Tabitha Plante of Weare, New Hampshire who they say was at fault for the 4 p.m. collisions which began when she allegedly failed to stop at the intersection of Heater Road and Old Etna Road and first hit a blue Ford Escort driven by Jessie Watson of Lebanon and then seconds later rammed head-on into a silver Nissan operated by Betty Wilson of Enfield who had been stopped waiting on the Mount Support Road side of the intersection.

Tabitha Plante (red sweatshirt) received a summons for failing to obey a stop sign

    Approximately an hour after the crash, after a couple of flatbed wreckers had already picked up Plante's red Jeep Cherokee and Wilson's Nissan, 21-year-old Jared Plante of Weare arrived in a pickup truck towing a large equipment trailer apparently intending to take Plante's Jeep.

    When the driver from Midnight Auto declined to turn over the already-loaded up Jeep, words were exchanged and on two separate occasions Lebanon police officers at the scene stepped in between the parties and told them to go their separate ways.

Lebanon police officers told several men, including Plante (right), to beat it

    Jared Plante then drove off with his empty equipment trailer, dragging it up and then back down over the corner of the intersection which prompted police to mount up in their cruisers and stop him a short distance down Heater Road from the rescue effort that was still under way.

Plante was pulled over within sight of the on-going rescue operation to free Watson's five-year-old son from the backseat of her car.

    On Tuesday police said that Jared Plante had allegedly threatened one of the tow truck operators and so they arrested him on a charges of criminal threatening, which is a Class A misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, which is a "violation level offense" in New Hampshire.  He was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail and ordered to appear in December in Lebanon District Court to answer the charges.

Jared Plante, 21, of Weare, New Hampshire is being charged with threatening and disorderly conduct

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