Portsmouth man arrested twice in five days

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PORTSMOUTH — A Bristol Ferry Road man who was arrested on a domestic assault charge last week got into trouble again after he crashed his car four days later, police said.

On Wednesday, July 23, John P. Matthews, 40, of 273 Bristol Ferry Road, was charged with domestic assault following an incident at his home that was first reported July 21.

A woman at the address told police Mr. Matthews had punched her in the mouth. Mr. Matthews had left the home by the time police arrived, so a warrant was issued for his arrest, police said.

State Police arrested Mr. Matthews July 23 and Portsmouth police took him into custody. Police said they also seized a .22 rifle from his residence and issued him an order to have no contact with the woman.

On Sunday, police investigated a report of a vehicle that had struck a telephone pole and mailbox at 28 Sprague St. shortly before 6 p.m. before leaving the area.

After getting a description of the vehicle, police went to Mr. Matthews’ home, where they found the victim of the alleged assault. The woman told police she had just returned to the house to find Mr. Matthews “drunk and passed out on the couch,” said police.

After rousing Mr. Matthews from his sleep, police charged him with violating a no-contact order. After pleading innocent to that charge at his arraignment Monday, the judge ordered him held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions as a possible bail violator.

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