A Newmarket man was charged with driving under the influence after he caused a chain reaction of crashes in Exeter Saturday afternoon.

Exeter Police Chief Stephan Poulin said Edward Burke, 73, hit the legally parked car on Court Street near Elliot Street with his 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck around 3:35 p.m. The impact sent that car into a vehicle parked in front of him, which in turn hit a fourth vehicle.

Third and fourth vehicles involved in a crash on Court Street in Exeter 2/25/23
Third and fourth vehicles involved in a crash on Court Street in Exeter 2/25/23 (Exeter Police)

“It was very fortunate that no one was injured during this incident, as the timing was aligned with many students and parents crossing in the immediate area during the Phillips Exeter/Andover games," Poulin said.

Burke was the only person in the pickup, according to Poulin. He was charged with DUI and taken into custody. He was released on personal recognizance bail to appear at the 10th Circuit Court District Division in Brentwood on March 2.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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