By Bill Kirk
---- — METHUEN — A teen driver was arrested early this morning on a variety of charges after he screeched his tires in front of a police cruiser then took off at 70 mph down Pelham Street.
Karl Fuller Jr., 18, of 167 Island Pond Road, Derry, N.H., has been charged with failure to stop for a police officer, operating to endanger, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to obey pavement markings, speeding and operating a motor vehicle with unnecessary noise.
Police said a patrolman was checking businesses in Ranger Plaza on Pelham Street around 3 a.m. when a Pontiac Grand Prix driven at a high rate of speed pulled into the parking lot. The officer reported the vehicle was operating erratically before it was stopped in front of the Outback Steakhouse at 145 Pelham St.
Then, tires screeching, the car pulled out onto Pelham Street, heading west, toward I-93.
The officer turned on his lights and siren but the car sped up, at times traveling 70 mph in a 35 mph zone.
As the officer chased Fuller, the car crossed over the double-yellow lines and passed a Chevy Tahoe at a high rate of speed, nearly hitting the front of that vehicle, police said.
The officer stayed with the Grand Prix for less than a mile, and Fuller pulled over in the area of 207 Pelham St., where he was arrested without incident.