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July 17, 2014

Seabrook woman jailed on drunk driving charges

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — The wife of a Seabrook police officer recently spent five days in the house of correction after pleading guilty to an aggravated drunk driving charge in Rockingham Superior Court.

Stacey Wasson, 42, of 6 Amy Drive, Seabrook pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated, an A misdemeanor, at a plea and sentencing hearing held on July 8 at Rockingham Superior Court. Two counts of felony level aggravated DWI were dropped at the time.

Judge Marguerite Wageling sentenced Wasson to 12 months in the house of correction, with five days to be served immediately and the balance suspended, conditioned upon two years good behavior and compliance with the terms of the sentence.

Those conditions include payment of $1,240 in fines, two years loss of license, the installation of an ignition interlock device on her vehicles, and compliance with the state’s mandatory impaired driver management program.

All charges relate to a Dec. 22, 2013 single car accident that occurred on Weare Road, in Seabrook when Wasson, driving alone, slammed into a tree with her 2005 Escalade at 9:48 p.m., totaling the vehicle. Wasson sustained injuries requiring hospitalization for a short time, but no other individuals were harmed in the accident.

The charges in this case were brought by Troop A of the New Hampshire State Police, called by Seabrook police on the night of the accident to conduct the investigation to avoid any semblance of conflict of interest since Stacey Wasson is the wife of Seabrook police Lt. John Wasson.

Again to avoid conflict of interest issues, the case will be handled by a prosecutor from the Hillsborough County Attorney’s office, instead of one from the Rockingham County Attorney’s office, which handles cases brought by Seabrook police. Hearings and appearances, however, took place at Rockingham County Courthouse.

The following individuals were indicted by the Rockingham County Grand Jury when it met in June.

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