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April 6, 2012

Stolen Porsche 911 does 'donuts' in Methuen police parking lot, crashes in Lawrence

METHUEN — The driver of a stolen Porsche 911 led police on a brief chase after doing donuts in the police station parking lot about 4:30 a.m. today.

Police report that the vehicle first showed up at the station around 2:15 a.m., did a couple donuts in the upper parking lot of the station, and then sped away before police could give chase.

The same thing happened a couple of hours later, at 4:30 a.m., but this time, a patrol cruiser was nearby. The patrolman attempted to follow the vehicle as it drove toward Lawrence. Unable to keep up with the zippy sports car, police lost the vehicle once it entered Lawrence, but then got a call from Lawrence police soon after that a Porsche 911 had flipped over at the intersection of Swan and Berkley streets.

Methuen and Lawrence police converged on the scene but the driver was nowhere to be found.

Methuen Police Sgt. Kenneth Leone said the Porsche, which sustained heavy damage in the crash, had been reported stolen earlier in the night out of Salem, N.H.

Salem police confirmed this morning that three vehicles were stolen earlier in the night from Cars Inc. on Raymond Avenue, including the 2003 Porsche, a 1999 Mercedes Benz and a 2003 Land Rover.

Salem detectives were at the high-end repair shop this morning and were working with Methuen and Lawrence police on the investigation, police said this morning.

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