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Joyce Endee

Off duty police officer finds hit-and-run driver

December 20, 2012
OSSIPEE — An off-duty police officer with a keen eye has helped identify the man accused of a hit-and-run accident here last week that damaged a tractor.

Police has been seeking the public's help with finding the driver who fled the scene of an accident that occurred on Route 16 on Monday, Dec. 10 at approximately 4:19 a.m.

Surveillance video at North Country Tractor on Route 16 in Ossipee shows a white Chevrolet pickup truck with an extended cab heading northbound on Route 16. The truck lost control, possibly due to snowy road conditions, and careened onto the front lawn of North Country Tractor. The pickup struck a tractor parked on the lawn. The tractor was heavily damaged.

Based on debris left behind in the crash, police thought they were looking for a 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck. Video also shows the driver of the truck stopped and got out of the truck to check the damage. Another unidentified driver also stopped. After a short time, both vehicles continued north on Route 16 before police arrived.

Off-duty Ossipee Police Officer Ian McMillan spotted a damaged pickup truck matching the suspect vehicle description when he was traveling on Route 16 in Ossipee on Tuesday, Dec. 18 and he called it in. Police responded and pulled over the driver, Matthew Divinere, 23, of Lee who reportedly admitted that he had been involved in the accident in his 2008 Chevrolet pickup. Though not charged with a crime at the time of the Tuesday stop, Ossipee Police spokesman Robert King said he expects charge of conduct after an accident will be forthcoming.

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