CONCORD — A Concord man fled a traffic stop this morning on Interstate 93 in Hooksett, then led police on a pursuit that ended at Market Basket at 30 Market Drive.
Eric Smith, 29, initially was stopped for speeding by Trooper First Class Dan Needham on I-93 south.
But when Needham got out of his cruiser, Smith took off in his 2012 Nissan Versa. State police followed as Smith got off I-93 south at Exit 11 "at a high rate of speed."
Police slowed down, but a police airplane spotted Smith's car on Route 3 in Hooksett and continued to follow it and coordinate with police on the ground
Smith pulled into the Market Basket lot and went into the store, police said.
Troopers, assisted by Hooksett and Manchester police, cordoned off the area and took Smith into custody.
He was wanted for escape/probation violation out of the Oxford County (Maine) Sheriff’s Office.
Brittany Lee Fields, 28, of Concord and her two children, ages 6 and 8, were in the car with Smith.
Police later learned Smith had been in an accident at the Hooksett transfer station when trying to flee from police.
Smith had swallowed a large quantity of narcotics during the incident, police said, and he was taken to Catholic Medical Center for evaluation.
He faces a "multitude" of charges, police said. The investigation continues.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information about it is asked to call Needham at 223-4381.
— Jo-Anne MacKenzie