Suspicious Car in New London Leads to Arrest of Driver
Charged with DWI but Other Charges Expected
On Feb. 11, at 12:29 a.m., an officer from the New London Police Department encountered a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of a dead-end road off of King Hill Road. Upon inspection of the vehicle, the officer found a male subject alone in the vehicle, which was running at the time. He was identified as Nicholas Patten, 26, of Williston, VT.
According to a release from the New London Police Department, “Patten was not cooperative with verbal commands from the officer on scene to exit the vehicle. Other officers from New London, Newbury, and Sunapee also arrived to assist. Patten eventually complied with commands from police to exit the vehicle. Patten was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated.”
The New London Police Department said that various items were allegedly seen in plain view in the vehicle that are “commonly associated with illicit drug use. Based on that information and other information obtained from Patten, a search warrant was applied for and ultimately granted for the vehicle.” Located within the vehicle were numerous items, including allegedly approximately eight ounces of cocaine, over $4,000 in cash, a firearm, and other drugs and weapons, said the statement.
Patten was bailed on $10,000 personal recognizance on the initial charge of DWI, which is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $1,200 fine. He is expected in the 5th Circuit – Newport – District Division on Feb. 20 to answer to that charge.
More charges are expected to be filed, said authorities.