NH liquor commissioner charged with DWI

April 19, 2010 12:02:46 PM PDT
One of New Hampshire's state liquor commissioners has been charged with driving while intoxicated. The police chief of the town of Gilford says Richard Simard was stopped around 11:30 Saturday night after Laconia police alerted them to a possibly intoxicated driver.

Gilford Chief John Markland says his officers did a field sobriety test. Simard refused to submit a breath test.

Simard was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bond and is due in court May 6.

Markland described it as a routine DWI stop but says his officers knew about Simard's position. Gov. John Lynch's office is expected to issue a statement.