Both passing motorists and police officers in Brentwood, a quiet New Hampshire town, claim an allegedly intoxicated young man led the authorities on a high-speed chase before eventually crashing his automobile. News reports say the chase ended when the alleged driver crashed the vehicle off of I-95 in Newburyport, Mass.
According to Lt. Chris Vetter with the New Hampshire State Police, the chase started after the police received a couple of telephone calls claiming a 1999 Grand Am was speeding in the eastbound direction on Route 101 near Candia. Later motorists near the scene claimed the man was passing cars in the breakdown lane, still driving at high speeds.
Reportedly, a state trooper spotted the car and gave chase, but quickly abandoned his attempts to stop the motorist due to safety concerns. A news story says additional law enforcement personnel spotted the car later but decided against pursuing the motorist, choosing instead to try stopping the vehicle with a spike strip. The driver reportedly avoided the spike strip.
At that point, witness reports indicate the driver stopped at a nearby liquor store and "frantically" went from car-to-car in an alleged attempt to steal a vehicle before leaving in the same car. Then, Massachusetts troopers reportedly saw the car in Newburyport going southbound on I-95. They gave chase, which led to the driver crashing into a barrier before allegedly attempting to get away again. At this point, reports say the man crashed into some nearby trees and tried to run away but was captured.
Eventually, the man was arrested in Massachusetts on charges of charges of DUI, resisting arrest and failure to stop for police. New Hampshire authorities have also filed charges of reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer and reckless operation.
In a case involving drunk driving and multiple high speed pursuits, it's important to seek legal counsel as early as possible. The confusing circumstances surrounding the pursuits and the subsequent arrest could mean that the arresting officer's actions contain critical errors that could have a significant impact on a defendant's case.
Source: Seacoast Online, "Police capture alleged drunken driver after chase" Jason Schreiber, Jul. 11, 2014