Police: Milton driver gets habitual offender rap after using phone

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COPYRIGHT2017© ROCHESTER - A Milton man drew a habitual offender charge Wednesday after he was arrested for allegedly using a handheld device while driving in New Hampshire.

According to Rochester Police Capt. Jason Thomas, a Rochester officer was working a traffic detail from the abandoned Route 125 Quickie convenience store on Columbus Avenue when they spotted James Moffett, 24, of 205 Hare Road, Milton, using such a device.

Once Moffett was stopped police learned he had been declared a habitual offender which normally means there are convictions on at least three serious motor vehicle incidents from the past.

The habitual offender charge is a Class B felony that can draw up to seven years in state prison.

Moffett was released on personal recognizance with an arraignment in Strafford County Superior Court next month.

Ironically, April is Distracted Driving Month, and Thomas said Rochester Police have been trying to impress upon the public that drivers who flout the law risk substantial fines.

Thomas added that many think police aren't aggressive enough in prosecuting offenders but pointed out that Rochester Police have issued more than 480 citations for violating the electronic device law since it went on the books on July 1, 2015.

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