SALEM — Erratic driving may have been the undoing of a shoplifting suspect Sunday.
Police were called to Wal-Mart at 326 N. Broadway just before 4:30 p.m. for a reported shoplifting incident.
Store employees told police a man had stolen a television and a Gateway computer, worth a total of $626.
The suspect, later identified as 18-year-old Keenan Falck of Manchester, took off in an older model, gold Ford Focus.
Officers spotted him in a nearby neighborhood off Rockingham Road, driving erratically, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.
Falck eluded police and managed to get on to Interstate 93 at Exit 2, Patten said. Thanks to heavy traffic, he said, officers were able to pull over Falck’s vehicle, he said.
He was arrested and processed at the police station, then released on $2,500 personal recognizance, pending his arraignment in 10th Circuit Court in Salem.
Falck is charged with willful concealment, possession of marijuana, reckless operation, disobeying a police officer and receiving stolen property.
— Jo-Anne MacKenzie