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Police: Driver sped into oncoming traffic to escape state trooper in Merrimack

NASHUA – A Massachusetts man is accused of swerving his car into oncoming traffic while he was being chased by state troopers after fleeing from a traffic stop on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack Saturday night.

The pursuit began at approximately 11:45 p.m. when a trooper who was on duty on the turnpike saw a vehicle driving erratically in the southbound lane. The driver sped away when the trooper tried to pull the vehicle over and got off the turnpike at Exit 11. ...

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NASHUA – A Massachusetts man is accused of swerving his car into oncoming traffic while he was being chased by state troopers after fleeing from a traffic stop on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack Saturday night.

The pursuit began at approximately 11:45 p.m. when a trooper who was on duty on the turnpike saw a vehicle driving erratically in the southbound lane. The driver sped away when the trooper tried to pull the vehicle over and got off the turnpike at Exit 11.

New Hampshire State Police said at one point, the driver crossed into the northbound lane and “purposely drove at other vehicles” while attempting to escape from an officer who was in pursuit.

The trooper eventually terminated the chase and broadcast the vehicle’s description to police departments in the area. Another state trooper located an abandoned vehicle matching the description at the Merrimack Premium Outlets, located a short distance from the Exit 11 ramp.

Police said an investigation led them to 36 Bay Ridge Drive in Nashua, where they located the man who was allegedly behind the wheel, 45-year-old Herbert H. Myers, Jr., of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

Myers was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer and driving after suspension, all felonies. He was being held Sunday at the Hillsborough County House of Corrections in lieu of bail. Myers was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Merrimack District Court.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact State Police in Bedford at 603-666-3333.

– JIM HADDADIN