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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nashua man arrested after high-speed pursuit, State Police say

A Nashua man Tuesday night led state troopers on a high-speed chase over several local roads before he finally crashed in Manchester and was arrested, police said.

The driver, Christopher Ratay, 26, was charged with felony reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer, speed, operating without a driver’s license and possession of a controlled drug, police said.

Ratay is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Merrimack district court, police said.

The incident started about 10 p.m. when a state trooper attempted to stop a gray 2010 Ford Fusion for speeding, police said. The trooper observed the Ford traveling at speeds in excess of 90 mph on Route 101 westbound in Bedford, police said.

The Fusion driver refused to stop, leading troopers on a pursuit into Merrimack on South River Road, police said.

Due to the danger to the public by the reckless operation of the Ford, troopers called off the pursuit, police said.

A short time later, a different state trooper located the vehicle traveling north on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Bedford and attempted a motor vehicle stop, police said.

The Fusion driver again refused to stop and fled northbound on the turnpike into Manchester, police said.

After a short low-speed pursuit in the city, the driver eventually struck a curb, flattening his tires, police said.

He was arrested on Young Street, police said.

State troopers were assisted by Manchester and Merrimack police departments during this incident, police said.

State police ask anyone with information related to this incident to contact Trooper First Class Kieran Fagan of State Police Troop B at 223-4381.

Patrick Meighan can be reached at 594-6518 or