Bizarre news out of Claremont as an unstable man was arrested Thursday after erratically driving himself to the hospital, and nearly striking a pedestrian in a parking lot. Hours later, the man’s School Street home was raided by authorities on suspicions of a methamphetamine operation.
According to police, 54-year-old Bradley Ames faces charges of driving under the influence and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine as a result of the events that began around 11 a.m. and didn’t end until dusk.
Police were alerted of a medical emergency call from School Street that was dropped shortly after 11, before hearing reports of an erratic driver near Valley Regional Hospital. Ames is said to have nearly struck a pedestrian in the parking lot, before changing his mind after briefly entering the building – he was arrested outside.
At around 4:30 that afternoon, both Claremont and state police, as well as members of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force raided the 27 School Street home and were observed testing chemicals in the roadway.
Ames was arraigned Friday in Claremont District Court.