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Police: Amesbury man allegedly clocked at 114 mph while driving drunk

Later the same man was arrested for the alleged assault of two correctional officers in jail, according to authorities.

Craig Cooper, 51, of Amesbury New Hampshire State Police

GREENLAND, N.H. — An Amesbury man who was arrested and charged with allegedly driving drunk and speeding, was then charged with allegedly assaulting two corrections officers in jail, according to a statement from New Hampshire State Police.

Craig Cooper, 51, of Amesbury faces charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, an open container violation, reckless operation, and simple assault on a correctional officer.

Police say they received a call around 9 a.m. Tuesday about a white SUV traveling erratically on I-95 near Portsmouth.

Trooper Scott Garton, of the New Hampshire State Police Special Enforcement Unit, was monitoring traffic from the state police aircraft on I-95 southbound in Greenland when he noticed the white SUV speeding, according to the statement.

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Garton clocked the car traveling 114 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to police.

Garton radioed troopers on the ground, who located the SUV — a 2017 Ford Explorer, according to the statement. Authorities say the car was then clocked traveling in excess of 100 mph.

Sgt. Christopher Storm stopped the car and arrested the driver, who police identified as Cooper.

Cooper was taken to the Hampton Police Department, and later to the Rockingham County Jail for protective custody due to his level of intoxication, according to the statement.

While at the jail, police say Cooper assaulted two correctional officers.

He is due to appear in the 10th Circuit Court in Portsmouth on Jan. 31 at 8 a.m.

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