HAVERHILL — Drivers in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire got some unwelcome excitement during rush hour yesterday.
A police chase late yesterday afternoon began in Lawrence, sped through Methuen, then went along Interstate-495 in Haverhill before ending in Plaistow, just north of the Walmart plaza.
In Haverhill, the car sideswiped a Chrysler mini-van at the intersection of Route 125 and Rosemont Street, sending two passengers to the hospital for observation and slowing commuter traffic along this busy road.
According to the Massachusetts State Police spokesman Lt. Daniel Richard, at about 4:15 p.m. Lawrence police began pursuing a vehicle being operated by a suspect wanted for narcotics violations.
After speeding through Lawrence and Methuen, the car got on I-495 northbound, and at some point was operating with two flat front tires at a speed of approximately 50 miles per hour.
The State Police joined in the pursuit in the area of Exit 47 in Lawrence and pursued the vehicle for approximately two miles. During this time the suspect vehicle made contact with the pursuing State Police cruiser.
The suspect vehicle exited I-495 northbound at River Street in Haverhill, where out of concerns for public safety, the State Police terminated their pursuit of the suspect vehicle.
The suspect vehicle sped north on Route 125, where it sideswiped the mini-van then continued traveling into Plaistow, police said.
Plaistow officers stopped the car in front of Signal Variety at 63 Plaistow Road shortly after 5 p.m. and arrested two men, the driver and a passenger. A police dog with the Essex Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit searched the car, a green 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix sedan with New Hampshire plates, but it was unclear whether anything of note was found.
Both of the car’s front tires were off the rims at the scene of the arrests.
A police report listing the names of the suspects and the results of the vehicle’s search were not available in time for publication of this story.