Merrimack crash leads to arrest of habitual offender

Merrimack police photo Lynn Johnston, 49, of 346 Milton St., Apt. 1, Manchester

MERRIMACK – The woman who allegedly walked away from the scene of a Jan. 30 crash on Bedford Road, then tried to hide from police in a nearby building, turned herself in to police Sunday after investigating officers issued an arrest warrant.

Police said Lynn Johnston, 49, of 346 Milton St., Apt. 1, Manchester, allegedly gave police a false name and address when they located her in a Daniel Webster Highway business shortly after the crash.

Johnston, who police say is a certified habitual offender, was likely trying “to avoid prosecution” by allegedly giving police the fake name, police said.

Once investigators determined Johnston’s real identity, they issued a warrant for her arrest on one count of driving while a certified habitual offender, a Class B felony, as well as one count each of disobdying a police officer and conduct after an accident, both Class A misdemeanors.

Johnston turned herself in on Sunday, police said. She was booked and later released on $2,000 cash only bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. on March 1 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua.

Several witnesses to the Jan. 30 crash, which happened on Bedford Road at the Everett Turnpike Exit 12 off ramp, told police that they saw one of the drivers involved in the crash “walking away from the scene toward the Daniel Webster Highway,” police said.

While they eventually located the woman, she allegedly provided the false information, prompting the investigation that led to her arrest.