Warrant issued for arrest of driver in connection with July police pursuit
Deluca sustained serious injuries when he lost control of his Toyota RAV4 in front of Merrimack’s central fire station, causing the vehicle to crash through a guard rail and land on rocks in the Souhegan River.
Police said Deluca is wanted on charges that include one count each of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon; aggravated driving under the influence — collision and serious bodily injury resulting; felon in possession of a dangerous weapon; and cruelty to animals.
Police are asking anyone who may have any information on Deluca’s whereabouts, or additional information on the alleged pursuit and crash, to contact Detective Greg Walters at 420-1860; call the department’s main number at 424-3774; or leave a tip on the Merrimack Crimeline, 424-2424.
Once Deluca was removed from the vehicle, he was transported to the Elliot Hospital in Manchester for treatment of what police dscribed as serious injuries. He evidently left the hospital at some point, but it’s not clear if he was discharged or left on his own.
Whether police had planned to arrest him at that time is also unclear.
The series of incidents leading up to the crash began when Bedford police attempted to pull over the vehicle Deluca was driving south on South River Road.
Bedford officers notified Merrimack police that the pursuit was heading into Merrimack, and as Deluca passed a Merrimack cruiser, he lost control of the vehicle, which struck the guardrail then proceeded down the embankment and into the river.
Deluca and a dog that was in the vehicle were extricated from the wreckage by firefighters and medical personnel, following an extended rescue operation.
It’s not known where the dog was taken, but a medical helicopter was called in to transport Deluca to the hospital.