A Massachusetts man accused of causing accidents in New Hampshire and then hiding in a swamp to avoid police was held on bail after his arraignment Monday.
Peter Dubey, 49, of Sterling was held on $3,500 cash bail after his arraignment on driving under the influence and conduct after an accident charges in a New Hampshire court, according to the Union Leader.
New Hampshire State Police troopers were called to Route 12 in Troy around 2 p.m. for a report of a multi-vehicle crash Friday.
Authorities learned the driver who allegedly caused the crash sped away from the scene.
A trooper found the suspect’s vehicle, a 2003 GMC Yukon, in Troy, according to a news release from New Hampshire State Police. The SUV broke down after it was damaged in the crash.
Troopers first found 56-year-old Adam Saldana of Fitchburg, a passenger in the SUV, and arrested him on a receiving stolen property charge.
The Union Leader reports Saldana had an undisclosed amount of foreign money on him that appears to have been stolen from a collection.
Authorities then began their search for Dubey.
He was found in a nearby swamp.
“He had submerged himself to avoid detection and due to the length of time in the water, was hypothermic,” New Hampshire State Police said.
Dubey was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. At the hospital, Dubey was “aggressive and combative,” according to authorities.
The Union Leader reports Dubey has several convictions for breaking and entering and larceny on his criminal record dating back to 1987.