Nashua police: Chase, crash, arrest
NASHUA — A New York City man was arrested early Sunday in Nashua after driving the wrong way down several one-way streets while leading police on a brief chase, then crashing his car in front of City Hall.
Around 2:32 a.m. Sunday, Nashua police reported observing a car driving the wrong way on Kinsley Street. When officers tried to stop the driver the vehicle accelerated away from them, turning the wrong way onto Ash Street, then turning against oncoming one-way traffic on West Hollis Street.
Officers continued attempts to stop the vehicle as it traveled in circles, then drove toward Main Street, where it hit and damaged a granite flower pot and monument on the sidewalk in front of Nashua City Hall.
Police said they found a small amount of illegal drugs on the driver, identified as Lawrence Thomas, 53, of 15 Noble Ave., Apartment 2C, Bronx, N.Y., during the booking process. Thomas was transported to Nashua police headquarters, where officers said he gave them a fake name and birth date.
Thomas is charged with disobeying an officer, two counts of resisting arrest, three felony counts of possession of a controlled drug, conduct after an accident, operating without a license, unsworn falsification, a capias warrant out of Sullivan County and an out-of-town warrant from the Rochester Police Department.
Thomas was held on $100,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the 9th Circuit Nashua District Division on Monday.
No injuries were reported during the incident.