Police seek help in identifying rogue motorcyclist
CANDIA -; What began as a seemingly routine traffic stop attempt resulted in a chase through Candia with speeds exceeding 50 mph.
Since officers were forced to call off the pursuit due to a concern for public safety, police are asking for assistance in identifying a motorcyclist who fled the scene.
Officer Tom Terilli was conducting standard radar speed checks on Main Street near the intersection of Old Candia Road just before noon Friday, April 25, when a late-model red motorcycle passed with a brown piece of cardboard in place of the license plate.
The motorcycle proceeded north on Main Street, traveling between two cars, making it impossible for Terilli to read what was written on the cardboard, which prompted him to follow the motorcycle as it turned left and headed west on Route 27 (High Street), toward Hooksett. Terilli said he followed the motorcycle at 50 mph and activated his blue lights in an attempt to pull the motorcyclist over. Instead, the driver accelerated, crossing a double yellow line to pass another vehicle. At that point, Terilli informed Rockingham County dispatch that he was halting his pursuit but would continue toward Hooksett at a normal speed.
Down the road, Officer Ken McCarron was working a roadwork detail near Merrill Road when he noted the same red sportbike turn around and head east on Route 28. When the operator approached Terilli, he once again pulled a U-turn and headed back toward McCarron and the construction site, where he was subsequently stopped with the rest of the traffic. As Terilli approached, the motorcyclist once again accelerated, driving around McCarron and continuing toward Hooksett at a high rate of speed.
An officer in Hooksett then reported he saw the same motorcycle pass but was not able to pull the operator over.
Candia Police Chief Mike McGillen said his department currently has no leads but is asking for the public's help in identifying the motorcyclist, who was wearing a flat black helmet, a gray, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and work boots.
"That situation could have been very dangerous, with the motorcycle failing to stop and then driving at a high rate of speed," said McGillen. "We'd like anyone who may know who the driver was or who may have additional information to let us know, even if it's anonymously, so we can find this person and take appropriate action."
Candia Police may be reached at 483-2318.