Chase ends in Bedford

William Riley, 20, allegedly led police on a chase up the Everett Turnpike early Friday morning in a car packed with balloons.

Driving a car filled to the brim with colorful balloons and the lights out, a Bedford man allegedly led police on a chase through three towns before smashing the vehicle into his own garage.

William Riley, 20, was arrested following the unusual vehicle pursuit early Thursday morning.

The incident began about 3:30 a.m. when authorities received a report of a hazardous operator traveling northbound on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Nashua.

The driver, Riley, was allegedly operating the vehicle without headlights on at the time and the car was packed with balloons, according to police.

“I believe they were balloons. There were quite a few of them,” said state police Lt. Bryan Trask.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle, a 2009 Audi A4 with Massachusetts plates, but Riley allegedly failed to pull over and instead increased his speed in an effort to elude police, according to a news release.

“A brief pursuit ensued until the operator arrived at his residence in Bedford. Upon pulling into his driveway, the operator lost control, crashed into his own garage and attempted to flee into his house,” police said in a statement.

Riley was arrested and charged with reckless operation, disobeying an officer and several other motor vehicle violations.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 3 at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Trooper Samuel Fuller at 223-8913.