A Jefferson man was arrested on several charges on New Year’s Eve after allegedly attempting to flee police and crashing his car into a marsh on Fish Point Road in Bristol.

Police say Dakota R. Peaslee, 21, sped off when Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jerold Winslow tried to pull his vehicle over, on Snowball Hill Road in Bristol, at about 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Peaslee’s 2012 Subaru Legacy reportedly had a headlight out and he was speeding, police said.

Peaslee’s car reached speeds of 62 mph, traveling about three-quarters of a mile before he lost control of his vehicle, went off the road, hit a fence on a sharp corner and knocked off a birdhouse, according to Lincoln County Lt. Brendan Kane. Peaslee’s vehicle then went off the road again, off Fish Point Road, and landed in a marshy area, where it stopped.

Kane said Peaslee was not injured and there were no other occupants of the car, which sustained light damage.

Peaslee was arrested and charged with eluding an officer, operating under the influence, driving to endanger and motor vehicle speeding 30-plus mph over the speed limit.

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