N.H. Teen Pleads Guilty

Newport — A North Walpole, N.H., teen pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a truck and reckless driving during a police pursuit that ended when he plunged the vehicle into the Sugar River in Claremont.

Travis Hattey, 18, was sentenced to 12 months in the county House of Corrections after pleading guilty to two felony charges stemming from the Sept. 6 incident.

Assistant Sullivan County Attorney Justin Hersh said Hattey pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, for which he will serve the 12 months. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon — the vehicle — and received a 12-month suspended sentence, Hersh said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.

Hattey was also ordered to pay about $18,000 to the truck owner’s insurance company plus $250 to the owner of the truck. In addition, Hattey must pay about $3,000 to the Claremont Fire Department for its rescue efforts.

According to State Police, Hattey took the truck from the owner’s driveway on Church Street in North Walpole and drove north, eventually ending up in Claremont. State Police spotted him around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 and began trailing him in the Elm Street area because the car only had its parking lights on, an affidavit states. At the bottom of Elm Street, as State Trooper Charles Newton prepared to make a traffic stop, Hattey, who had Korbin Bacon, 18, of Westminster, Vt., in the truck with him, sped through a stop sign. He crossed Main Street to Factory Street, a short street that ends at the bank of the Sugar River.

At that point, the Toyota Tundra, traveling about 50 mph, went airborne and sheared bark off two trees before dropping 50 feet into the river across from APC Paper Co. facility.

Bacon swam across the river and got a ride home after calling a friend.

Hattey slipped away and got out of the river while police and fire personnel were trying to rescue him. He was later arrested on Pleasant Street. Neither man was injured.

Hattey was placed on probation for three years and will be evaluated for an inmate transition program.