Police arrest 18-year-old after he crashed into car trying to escape traffic stop
December 11. 2017 11:02PM
HUDSON — An 18-year-old Hudson driver is in custody after police said he took off when an officer tried to stop him, then minutes later crashed into another car Monday evening.
Officer Cody Lambert was on Robinson Road completing a traffic stop about 5:45 p.m. when he saw a 2016 Ford Focus traveling well above the 30 mph posted speed limit.
Lambert changed direction, turned on the cruiser lights and siren and attempted to catch up with the Ford, but the driver of the Ford increased his speed, according to police.
The Focus then exited Lawrence Road and made a right turn onto Central Street (Route 111) and sped up even further.
Lambert lost sight of the car and then came upon a crash at Route 111 at the intersection of Park Avenue.
The Ford Focus had rear-ended a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu stopped to make a left turn, police said. Ali Murphy, 32, the driver of the Malibu, was not injured.
Police said the Ford Focus driver, Zackary Balcom, also was not hurt. He is charged with disobeying an officer, reckless conduct, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Balcom was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and is to be arraigned Jan. 11 at the 9th Circuit Court in Nashua.