CANDIA — A 32-year-old man led state police on a high-speed chase through two states on Tuesday morning that ended along Interstate 95 in Newburyport, Mass., when he crashed his car into a jersey barrier, state police said.
Nicholas Cammann, of Aquinnah, Mass., is accused of dangerously speeding along Route 101 east in Candia while passing motorists in the breakdown lane prior to setting off a police pursuit.
State police said they received two 911 calls around 9:50 a.m. about an erratic driver behind the wheel of a gold or tan Pontiac Grand Am.
Trooper Erik Willett was in the area of Exit 8 in Brentwood when he spotted the car and attempted to stop it, state police said.
Cammann allegedly did not stop and accelerated, passing vehicles in the breakdown lane while continuing east on Route 101. Within two to three minutes, police decided to terminate the pursuit.
Troopers east of the pursuit were alerted that the car could be coming their way. Trooper Alex Davis deployed stop sticks in the area of Route 101 and Interstate 95 in Hampton, attempting to stop the vehicle by puncturing its tires, according to police.
Cammann was able to avoid the stop sticks and continue south on Interstate 95, state police said.
People continued to call the State Police Troop A barracks while troopers were looking for the car, saying the driver took an off ramp to the state liquor store in Hampton and exited his car, police said. Witnesses described the driver as “frantically” going from car to car in the parking lot in what appeared to be an attempt to steal another vehicle, state police said.
Troopers responded to the parking lot and learned the driver was not able to enter another vehicle and allegedly fled again in the Grand Am.
Police said Cammann crossed the state line and soon came upon road construction along Interstate 95 in Newburyport, Mass. Massachusetts state police troopers spotted Cammann lose control of his car and crash into a Jersey barrier, police said.
Cammann allegedly continued south in his damaged car and crossed the median in the area of Exit 56 to turn onto the northern lane of the interstate. But Cammann lost control of the car again and crashed off the right side of the roadway, according to police.
He allegedly fled on foot, but was caught a short time later when Massachusetts state police deployed a dog to track him. New Hampshire State Police said that Cammann could be facing more charges, and the investigation into the case is continuing.