Concord man leads Bedford, state police on highway chase

BEDFORD – A Concord man was arrested Monday after leading state police on a high-speed chase from South River Road to Candia, traveling on a number of Manchester streets and state highways.

James Rondeau, 36, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, operating while being a habitual offender, disobeying a police officer and aggravated driving while intoxicated after surrendering to police.

Bedford police first tried to stop Rondeau’s 2010 Ford F350 pickup truck around 2:10 a.m. Monday on South River Road. Rondeau drove onto Route 101 eastbound, however, following the highway to Interstate 93 before exiting in Londonderry, reversing direction and returning north toward Manchester. He was followed by Bedford police.

State troopers joined the pursuit, which ranged in speed from 45 to 80 mph, while Rondeau was traveling north on Interstate 93.

A mile north of Exit 5 on that highway, police deployed stop sticks, which deflated Rondeau’s front left tire when he drove his truck over them. He continued evading police, exiting onto Candia Road in Manchester before getting back on the highway and continuing on Route 101 eastbound.

Rondeau exited the highway in Candia and continued for two miles before coming to a stop and surrendering, along with a passenger, to police.

He was arrested and charged by state police at the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Bedford Police Department at 472-5113 or the State Police Troop B at 223-8492.

– DANIELLE CURTIS