An ex-lawmaker was involved in a three-vehicle crash in Rochester. He's been accused of driving while under the influence and causing the accident. The prosecution is now asking that he not be given bail.
The accident itself does not seem very complex. The man did not stop fast enough at a red light. Another car stopped in front of him, and he ran into the rear of that vehicle. The impact pushed it forward into the next car in line.
The problem, prosecutors say, is that the 31-year-old had already been arrested and was in a pretrial release program when the accident happened. The previous allegations against him are for talking to a 14-year-old girl online. The authorities say he was trying to get her to meet up with him for a sexual encounter.
When police arrested him, they found drugs and firearms in his home. The drugs included psilocybin mushrooms and MDMA. He was charged with the intent to sell, along with possession. He's also facing a firearm-related charge, which is a felony.
He was given bail in that case, but he was told to "remain on good behavior" and not to drink at all -- let alone enough to get a DUI and cause an accident. Since he violated those conditions of the previous bail, prosecutors are now arguing that he does not deserve bail on the most recent charges.
It's crucial for those who are facing charges to know what rights they have. In situations like this, that includes an understanding of when previous charges and court orders can and cannot be used to determine future rulings.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "Prosecutors: Revoke bail for ex-Nottingham lawmaker Kyle Tasker," James A. Kimble, Nov. 07, 2016