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New Hampshire

October 8, 2013

Salem police chase suspect into Bay State

SALEM — A Methuen man was arrested after a pursuit that crossed state lines and ended in the suspect being shot with a Taser.

Fred Riley, 33, was stopped at 11:38 p.m. Saturday on Pond Street for a motor vehicle infraction.

He initially stopped when signaled to do so by Officer Mike Verrocchi, but when the officer approached the vehicle, Riley took off, did a U-turn on a lawn and then drove at Verrocchi, forcing the officer to jump out of the way of Riley’s vehicle.

Other officers soon located the suspect’s car and pursued it into Methuen and Haverhill.

While still at the wheel and with Salem police in pursuit, Riley called Methuen police dispatch and asked why Salem police were following him in Massachusetts, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said.

The Methuen dispatcher advised Riley to pull over, Patten said. He initially refused, but finally stopped at the intersection of Atkinson Road and Route 97. There, he got out of his vehicle, refused to follow police orders and tried to get back into his vehicle, according to police.

At that point, police shot Riley with a Taser, then briefly struggled with him before he was taken into custody.

Riley appears intoxicated and “out of sorts,” Patten said. He claimed the responding officers were “terrorists” and people were out to get him, Patten said.

He also demanded police call in the FBI, Patten said.

Haverhill police took Riley into custody on a charge of being a fugitive from justice.

He was arraigned in Haverhill yesterday on that charge, then extradited to New Hampshire.

Salem police picked Riley up after his court appearance in Haverhill yesterday to face charges of felony reckless conduct, resisting arrest, disobeying a police officer and driving with revoked license plates.

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