High speed chase

Driver faces multiple allegations

Photo by JEFFREY HASTINGS Police cruisers and civilian traffic line Pawtucket Boulevard in Lowell, Mass., as police work at the scene of the crash that ended a four-town pursuit Wednesday night. The driver, a Nashua man, was taken into custody.

HUDSON – A pending felony arrest warrant appears to be the motivation behind a Nashua man’s alleged attempt to elude police, which triggered Wednesday’s four-town pursuit on both sides of the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border.

Arrested after crashing his nearly tireless Toyota Camry into another car in Lowell was Robert H. Ayles, 36, of 24 Chadwick Circle, Apt. F in Nashua, who police said was wanted on a warrant issued from Hillsborough County Superior Court-South for allegedly failing to appear at a court hearing on Feb. 5.

The hearing, a dispositional conference, was scheduled in the case stemming from Ayles’s Sept. 11 arrest on charges of possession of controlled drugs and operating after suspension or revocation.

Also pending against Ayles are charges from two other arrests – one on two counts of possession of a controlled drug – second offense on Nov. 29, and the other on one count of possession of fentanyl in June in Manchester.

That case, initiated in Hillsborough North, has been combined with the Hillsborough South cases.

Photo by JEFFREY HASTINGS A police officer inspects the vehicle in which a Nashua man allegedly led police on a pursuit through four towns before crashing into two vehicles in Lowell.

The Nov. 29 charges, both felonies, stemmed from Ayles’s arrest as part of a Nashua police Granite Shield operation.

As for Wednesday’s incident, the number and nature of the charges filed against Ayles are not yet known, but it is likely he will face charges in all four jurisdictions – Nashua, Hudson, Tyngsborough and Lowell.

A Superior Court clerk said Thursday the office had not yet received a file on Ayles, likely because officials in each of the jurisdictions were still coordinating arraignment and extradition proceedings.

Although the pursuit ended in Lowell, Hudson police said Tyngsborough officers took Ayles into custody following the crash. Ayles had a male passenger, whom police didn’t identify.

Hudson police said in a statement Nashua police contacted them shortly after 7 p.m., advising a black 2012 Toyota Camry was headed their way after allegedly eluding Nashua officers.

Upon seeing the Camry enter Hudson moments later, police said, officers followed it to Musquash Road, where they initiated a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Copper Hill Road.

As officers attempted to make contact with the driver, police said, the operator, later identified as Ayles, allegedly “purposely crashed his vehicle” into two police cruisers.

The driver took off headed north on Musquash Road, then turned onto Wason Road, where other cruisers picked up the pursuit.

The driver allegedly led pursuing officers down Wason Road and onto the Circumferential Highway (also called Sagamore Bridge Road), where he doubled back toward Hudson.

The pursuit headed south on Lowell Road, turned onto Pine Road and then onto Gowing road, where, police said, officers deployed spike strips that “limited the suspect vehicle’s mobility and speed.”

The driver then made his way toward the state line and into Tyngsborough, where officers took over the pursuit, which police said eventually crossed into Lowell.

“The suspect vehicle continued to disobey Massachusetts’ officers,” police said, adding that the pursuit ended a short time later when it crashed into two other vehicles on Pawtucket Boulevard in Lowell.

Hudson police said none of their officers were injured in the incident, but it wasn’t known if other officers or any civilians were hurt.