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SHANE COLLINS 

Police: Dog tracks hit-and-run driver to motel room

MANCHESTER - A police dog tracked a Derry man to a room at a Hooksett motel after an officer noticed an SUV believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run accident abandoned behind the motel, police said Thursday.

Manchester Officer Benjamin Foster turned the search over to his partner, Moose, after responding to a call from Hooksett police about a significantly damaged 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe in back of the Firebird Motel Wednesday morning, police said.

The dog led Foster to a room at the motel, where police arrested Shane Collins, 41, on charges of conduct after an accident and receiving stolen property, Manchester police said in a release.

The Hooksett officer was in the area of the motel investigating a report of an erratic driver just across the town line from Manchester.

The SUV matched the description a woman gave to Manchester police after her northbound pickup was struck by an SUV headed south on Elm Street in front of the Brady Sullivan Tower about 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The woman told police the man driving the black SUV backed up immediately after the crash and sped from the scene, police said.

The Tahoe was reported stolen Monday outside the Mall of New Hampshire.

Collins was scheduled to appear in Manchester circuit court Thursday.