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State police arrest Nashua man after high-speed pursuit

A Nashua man was arrested Tuesday night after a high speed police chase that reach ed speeds of 90 mph on Route 101 west in Bedford.

According to a state police press release, the chase began about 10 p.m. when a trooper tried to pull over a gray 2010 Ford Fusion for speeding.

The driver refused to stop, leading troopers on a chase into Merrimack on South River Road. The pursuit was called off, however, due to the danger to the public, state police said.

A short time later, another trooper saw the car heading north on the Everett Turnpike in Bedford and tried to stop it. Once again, the driver refused to pull over and fled north on the Everett Turnpike and into the city of Manchester.

A short, low-speed pursuit in the city ended when the driver struck a curb, flattening his tires. The operator, Christopher Ratay, 26, of Nashua, was arrested on Young Street.

He is charged with reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer, speeding, operating with a driver's license and possession of a controlled drug.

He is to be arraigned Wednesday in 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District.

Troopers were assisted by Manchester and Merrimack police during the incident.

Anyone with information pertaining to the it is asked to call state police Trooper First Class Kieran Fagan at Troop B at 223-4381.

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