Newport man charged with domestic assault and car theft

LEBANON - A 20-year-old Newport, New Hampshire man has been charged for his alleged role in a two-state crime spree that began early Tuesday morning.

    Police said Nickolas Kemp choked his 23-year-old girlfriend to the point she could not breathe and then made off with her car.

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    Lebanon Police officers responded to Romano Circle just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday and spoke to the woman who said that she'd fought back to stop the assault before Kemp and another male left in her car, taking it without her permission.

    A “Be on the Lookout” alert was issued to area police departments for Kemp and the vehicle and a short time later the Windsor, Vermont Police Department located the vehicle in their town.

    The car was pursued into New Hampshire and Kemp and his alleged accomplice were subsequently arrested by the Cornish, New Hampshire Police Department and transported back to Lebanon.

    Kemp has been charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and theft of a motor vehicle.  Kemp refused the services of a bail commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County House of Correction pending arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court.

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