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April 26, 2013

Manchester Police/Fire: Gloucester man facing OUI charge

Manchester Police/Fire

MANCHESTER — Police arrested a Gloucester man Wednesday around 11 p.m. after a brief chase that started on School Street and ended on Route 128.

Police said William Rafter, 35, is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and defective equipment.

Police said Rafter was released on a $540 bail Wednesday night.

Police said an officer initially stopped Rafter after the alleged marked lanes violation.

Police escorted three people back to their vehicles on School Street after reports came in of people walking along the southbound lanes of Route 128 Wednesday around 8:15 p.m.

Police said the people were lost in the woods and came out onto Route 128.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at

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