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Police: Guardsman made up attack to skip drill

Jan. 26, 2013 - 04:30PM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 26, 2013 - 04:30PM  |  
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WAKEFIELD, N.H. — New Hampshire police say a National Guardsman made up a story that he was attacked while trying to help someone three weeks ago to avoid a drill.

Michael Paquette had reported that he was attacked in Wakefield after he stopped to help a man change a tire. Paquette said he was knocked unconscious for an hour.

But now Wakefield police say Paquette made up the story to avoid a weekend drill.

Paquette had gone to the hospital with head injuries.

Police say he has acknowledged that he injured himself intentionally, by hitting himself in the head with a piece of ice.

A National Guard spokesman tells http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/Police-Guardsman-made-up-story-about-attack/-/9857858/18285324/-/item/1/-/weiaoqz/-/index.html">WMUR-TV that Paquette had been scheduled to leave for basic training at the end of January but the schedule has now been delayed.

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