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Thermal imaging cameras, K-9 unit help police track Mass. man following one of two crashes in Pelham

February 12. 2018 3:36AM
Pelham police said they had to track the driver of the pickup truck, above right, after his vehicle crashed into a utility pole, above left, early Sunday morning. (COURTESY)

PELHAM - One of two crashes in town on Sunday morning resulted in a K-9 unit being used to track one man, while the other resulted in a DUI charge.

The first crash was reported at 1:39 a.m. near 38 Keyes Hill Road, according to a police press release. Multiple callers said a vehicle had struck a utility pole, splitting it, and wires were down on the road. As they responded, police we.e also told no one was with the vehicle.

The vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck, was located in the woods, and police said they believed the driver may have been injured and fled into the woods. Police searched the area, using thermal imaging cameras and a State Police K-9 unit.

According to police, the driver, Eric Burke, 29, of Lowell, Mass., was found several hours later and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

"Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash," police said. "Charges will be forthcoming."

Police said Keyes Hill Road was closed for about 13 hours while crews repaired the damage.

During the investigation of that crash, Pelham officers got another 911 call for another crash across town near 55 Old Gage Hill Road. Police said the caller told them the driver was trying to leave the scene.

According to police, one car, a gray 2006 Acura TSX, driven by Justin Morales, 30, also of Lowell, Mass., was involved in the crash. Morales was arrested and faces a charge of Driving Under the Influence.

"The Pelham Police Department would like to thank the Pelham Fire Department, Windham Fire Department, Hudson Police Department, Windham Police Department, Salem Police Department and New Hampshire State Police for their assistance with these crashes," police said.

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