N.H. State Police chase stolen car driver into Methuen

A New Hampshire state trooper pursued two people in a stolen car across the state line from Salem, N.H., into Methuen, where the vehicle crashed into a pole and split in two, officials said. The driver was arrested and his female passenger released, according to authorities.

New Hampshire State Police said Trooper Jack DeJesus tried to pull over the 1994 Honda Accord on Interstate 93 in Salem near the Massachusetts border around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The car, with Massachusetts plates, had been reported stolen in Manchester, N.H., State Police said in a statement.

DeJesus activated his emergency lights, and the driver stopped the vehicle in the breakdown lane – in Massachusetts – but then drove off with DeJesus in pursuit. New Hampshire authorities said the vehicle was driven south on I-93 and then east on Route 213 before crashing into a utility pole on Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen.

The man and woman jumped out of the crumpled car and ran away, but were caught by Massachusetts State Police and Methuen police who were assisting DeJesus, officials said. The driver was captured at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant, officials said.

He was identified by New Hampshire authorities as Tommy M. Rogers, 29, of Manchester, N.H. He is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court as a fugitive from justice and receiving the stolen car.

Source: Boston Glob