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February 6, 2009

Two Wolfeboro Men Arrested for Snowmobile Incident

CONCORD, N.H. -- A father and son from Wolfeboro, N.H., were arrested today (February 6, 2009) for charges related to a recent pursuit on a snow machine and an assault on a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer. Michael Williams, age 47, and his son Andrew Williams, age 21, were arrested and are scheduled to appear in Southern Carroll District Court later this month.

The incident occurred on Saturday, January 31, 2009, when Conservation Officer Mark Hensel attemped to stop snow machines in Wolfeboro Bay for operating illegally modified exhaust systems.  When signaled by Officer Hensel, the snow machines fled for more than a mile across Lake Winnipesaukee at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. Officer Hensel caught up to one of the snow machines while negotiating a trail into Winter Harbor.  Officer Hensel was assaulted when he attempted to arrest one of the operators, who then fled the scene.  

An investigation into the incident led to today's arrest and execution of search warrants for the two Wolfeboro men. Michael Williams was charged with several complaints, including Failing to Stop for a Law Enforcement Officer, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Operating to Endanger, Resisting Arrest, and Modified Exhaust. Andrew Williams was charged with Failing to Stop for a Law Enforcement Officer.  Fish and Game Conservation Officers seized two snow machines and assorted paraphernalia as evidence. Both men posted bail and are free on personal recognizance. 

N.H. Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers were assisted in the investigation by the Wolfeboro Police Department and the Carroll County Sherriff's Office.

"This type of behavior by a reckless few will simply not be tolerated," said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Colonel Martin Garabedian. "As a result of the dangerous and illegal activities being seen in the Lakes Region, including instances of reckless snowmobile operation, skimming, driving while intoxicated and modified exhaust, we are initiating enhanced snowmobile enforcement efforts for the area. Our enforcement efforts are intended to ensure that the trails and lakes can be enjoyed by everyone in a safe and responsible manner."  

Garabedian also noted that individuals who are convicted of certain reckless behavior will be responsible for enhanced administrative penalties in addition to fines.

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