By Staff

PORTSMOUTH (CBS) – A Gloucester man is accused of driving drunk and slamming into a police cruiser in New Hampshire.

Around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a Portsmouth Police officer was directing traffic on Lafayette Road with the cruiser’s blue lights flashing.

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A damaged cruiser following a crash allegedly involving a drunk driver. (Image Credit: Portsmouth Police)

The officer saw a car not slowing down, and jumped out of the way before impact.

Police arrested 43-year-old Scott Richardson of Gloucester. He is now facing charges of driving while intoxicated and negligent driving.

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Richardson’s passenger was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with minor injuries.

Scott Richardson of Gloucester. (Image Credit: Portsmouth Police)

The crash caused significant damage to both cars.

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Richardson was released on person recognizance and is set to be arraigned August 9. Staff