Hanover man arrested after car crash is accused of sex assault in Kentucky


Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 08-28-2023 8:32 PM

HANOVER — A 2021 Hanover High School graduate wanted on an arrest warrant in Kentucky was apprehended by Hanover police after he allegedly crashed his car into a utility pole near Thompson Arena and attempted to escape on foot early Friday morning, police reported on Monday.

A subsequent warrant check found that Jack Watson was wanted by the Lexington Sheriff’s Department in Kentucky, where he faces a charge of sexual assault, according to the Hanover Police Department.

Watson, whose social media profile identifies him as a student at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., is alleged to have crashed his vehicle into a utility pole and crosswalk sign at the corner of South Park Street and Summer Court; he was then was observed by witnesses fleeing toward the Dartmouth College campus, according to a news release from Hanover police.

An officer pursued the fleeing driver but was unable to catch up, police said. Watson was located “a short time later” after authorities enlisted the help of Lebanon police and a K-9 detail.

Hanover police charged Watson with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and being in possession of an open container of alcohol. He was transported to Grafton County jail to await extradition to Kentucky, police said.

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