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January 08, 2008
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N.H. officer helps motorist, arrests him for drugs

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A Portsmouth, New Hampshire, police officer helped a stranded motorist get his car started, then arrested the driver for marijuana the officer says he found in the car.

21-year-old Patrick Kimball of Eliot, Maine, pleaded guilty yesterday to two misdemeanor counts of drug possession. Prosecutors say that in November, an officer helped Kimball pour gas into his car, then got in and helped start it up.

While in the car, the officer says he saw a bag of marijuana in plain view. Police say several more bags were found in a later search of the car and of Kimball.

Prosecutors asked for a one-year jail sentence with six months suspended. A sentencing hearing will be held in one month.

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