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Police track stolen truck from Nashua to Boston; passenger claims he was kidnapped

A Massachusetts man has been arrested after he was seen driving a stolen truck in Nashua and pursued all the way to Boston, and authorities are investigating whether he kidnapped a man who was his passenger.

A Nashua police officer first spotted the red pickup truck in the area of Buck Street at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Nashua police Lt. EZ Paulson said the officer checked the truck’s license plate and determined the vehicle had been reported as stolen. ...

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A Massachusetts man has been arrested after he was seen driving a stolen truck in Nashua and pursued all the way to Boston, and authorities are investigating whether he kidnapped a man who was his passenger.

A Nashua police officer first spotted the red pickup truck in the area of Buck Street at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Nashua police Lt. EZ Paulson said the officer checked the truck’s license plate and determined the vehicle had been reported as stolen.

Paulson said the driver sped away when the officer attempted a traffic stop, leading to a brief chase through the side streets from Buck Street to Main Street.

Nashua police officers coordinated to stop traffic in the area, but they called off the chase as the truck headed toward Canal Street, Paulson said.

The truck was observed a short time later in Salem. Authorities there chased the vehicle as it headed toward the Massachusetts border, relaying a call for help to Massachusetts State Police at around 4:40 p.m. Massachusetts troopers pursued the truck through several Massachusetts communities before it eventually crashed in Boston’s North End and the driver fled.

Boston police apprehended the man accused of driving the truck, 33-year-old Michael Daniels, in North Station. Police say Daniels, of Peabody, Massachusetts, had a pellet gun when he was taken into custody.

Massachusetts State Police say the 27-year-old passenger of the truck, also from Peabody, contends he was kidnapped.

Daniels is to be arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court. Charges haven’t been determined.

It wasn’t known if he has a lawyer.

Nashua police are considering bringing several charges against the driver of the truck, Paulson said, including reckless driving and failure to stop for a police officer. Paulson said the truck struck at least two vehicles in Nashua.

“Thank goodness to the best of our knowledge no pedestrians were injured,” he said.

Telegraph staff writer Jim Haddadin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.