A police chase that started in Candia yesterday morning ended in Newburyport with the arrest of an Aquinnah, Mass., man.
Police received two 911 calls just before 10 a.m., both reporting an erratic driver heading east on Route 101.
The car was described as a tan or gold Pontiac Grand Am, and the driver was described as speeding and passing other vehicles in the breakdown lane, N.H. State Police said.
State Trooper Erik Willett saw the car near Exit 8 in Brentwood and tried to stop it. The driver didn’t stop and a pursuit followed.
The driver continued speeding and passing in the breakdown lane, police said, and soon police decided to stop the pursuit.
Troopers stationed to the east were notified to be on the lookout for the car.
Trooper Alex Davis deployed stop sticks in the area of Route 101 and Interstate 95 in Hampton, but the driver managed to avoid them, police said.
The car continued south on I-95, but callers soon reported the vehicle had turned into the state liquor store in Hampton.
Callers told police the man was “frantically” going from car to car, perhaps trying to steal a vehicle.
By the time troopers arrived, the driver had headed south on I-95 once again.
When he came upon road construction on the highway in Newburyport, Massachusetts State Police saw him lose control of the car and strike a Jersey barrier. Still, the driver continued south.
When he got to Exit 56, the car crossed the median and headed north on I-95, police said. He lost control of the car again, this time crashes off the right side of the highway.
The driver took off on foot, but a Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit tracked him down and he was arrested.
Nicholas F. Cammann, 32, faces charges of disobeying an officer, reckless operation and reckless conduct, all in New Hampshire. The investigation is ongoing and Cammann may face more charges, police said.
— Jo-Anne MacKenzie