---- — METHUEN — State police chased a van from Marston Street in Lawrence, to Merrimack Street and out onto Interstate-495 yesterday at around noon before following and stopping it on Route 213 east just before the Howe Street exit.
The chase, which lasted about 20 minutes, ended with the state police arresting the driver. The van was stopped in the breakdown lane of Route 213, surrounded by state police.
It was searched and towed from the scene, police said.
The driver was the only person in custody. State Police would not release any information on the driver’s identity, why he was chased or what he was charged with.
Neither Methuen nor Lawrence police were involved in the chase or apprehension.