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Two-state police chase of U-Haul van ends on Bristol's North Main Street

December 07. 2017 2:15AM

BRISTOL -- A man faces charges in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire after police said he stole a U-Haul van in Boston on Tuesday night and led police on a chase that ended on North Main Street in Bristol.

According to a press release from Bristol Police, Franklin police dispatch got a report at about 8:30 p.m. that the van was headed north on Route 3A from Boscawen. According to police, the van was stolen in Boston and Massachusetts State Police had chased it up Interstate 93 before ending the pursuit at the New Hampshire border.

Bristol police saw the van in the area of South Main Street and tried to stop it, but police said the driver refused to stop.

The van continued traveling into Central Square, where police said it struck a curb, which partially disabled it, but the driver continued to refuse to stop. After striking mailboxes and another curb, the vehicle finally came to a stop on North Main Street, according to police.

Police said the driver, identified as Kenneth Armstrong, 46, of Roslindale, Mass., was taken into custody "without further incident."

Bristol police charged Armstrong with the following offenses:

• receiving stolen property over $1,500 (Class A felony);

• disobeying a police officer (Class A misdemeanor);

• conduct after an accident (Class B misdemeanor);

• unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle (Class A misdemeanor);

• operating after revocation (Class B misdemeanor); and

• reckless operation (violation).

Armstrong is also facing potential charges from Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police.

He is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail at the Grafton County Jail.

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