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RICHMOND — An Exeter man is facing charges after he allegedly showed up to the Richmond Police Department drunk last week to pick up a friend who had been arrested in an unrelated incident earlier in the evening.

The police charged the man, 46-year-old William Knipe, on Jan. 30 with driving under the influence with an unknown blood alcohol content and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

The police said Knipe had arrived at the police department around 9:30 p.m. to pick up 37-year-old Tania Wright, who was charged with simple assault or battery and disorderly conduct following an altercation at the Wood River Inn approximately an hour earlier.

When Knipe pulled up to the station, a dispatcher alerted an officer that he showed signs of intoxication and had considerable trouble trying to park. The officer conducted a field sobriety test, which he failed, and he was taken into custody. The police said he refused to consent to a breathalyzer test.

Knipe was issued a summons to appear for arraignment in Fourth Division District Court later this month.

Jason Vallee

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