Woman faces charges after allegedly using a cellphone while driving

NASHUA – Tracey Pelletier, 32, of Nashua, faces multiple charges after an alleged high-speed pursuit, wreck and a foot chase – all with a 6-year-old child in the vehicle.

The alleged sequence of events began when police reportedly saw Pelletier using a cellphone while driving.

At 1:46 p.m. Monday, an officer working on traffic enforcement patrol allegedly saw Pelletier using her cellphone while driving. The officer initiated a motor vehicle stop for the alleged violation.

Pelletier then allegedly accelerated at a high rate of speed and fled from the officer, traveling on Amherst Street.

The officer stopped pursuit due to safety concerns based on the suspect vehicle’s operation.

Later, the suspect’s vehicle was located in the area of Amherst Street and Vernon Street where it had crashed into a nearby unrelated business.

Pelletier then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. She then attempted to hide inside a nearby residence. However, officers eventually captured her.

During the investigation, officers discovered that a 6-year-old child was in the back seat. The child was taken to an area hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Pelletier was charged with disobeying an officer, conduct after an accident, reckless conduct, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting detention, criminal trespass, all Class A misdemeanors.

A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the Hillsborough County House of Corrections, exclusive of fines. A Violation is punishable by a fine no more than $1,000 as designated by the court.

This incident remains under investigation.