Franconia Notch Parkway chase

Gregory Mooers, 65, of Manchester was arrested Tuesday after leading state police on a slow-speed chase through Franconia Notch on I-93, police said. Deflation devices were twice deployed to slow and then stop Mooers' vehicle, police said.

NEW HAMPTON -- A chase on Franconia Notch Parkway Tuesday afternoon ended in handcuffs for a Manchester man.

Gregory Mooers, 65, was taken into custody and charged with reckless driving and disobeying a police officer.

Troop F of the New Hampshire State Police received a report of a car being driven in a hazardous manner on I-93 North about 4:42 p.m. in New Hampton, police said. Police were told the vehicle was swerving and had nearly struck two other vehicles and a bridge abutment, they said.

Troopers located the vehicle in Thornton, still on I-93 heading north. They attempted to stop the vehicle, but were unsuccessful, they said.

"Tire deflation devices were successfully and safely deployed deflating three of the vehicle’s four tires," but the vehicle continued, state police said.

"The operator continued to refuse to stop, leading troopers and other assisting law enforcement in a low-speed pursuit through Franconia Notch Parkway to where a second set of tire deflation devices successfully and safely deflated the fourth and final tire," police said.

The vehicle eventually went off the left side of the road into the soft median around mile marker 114.8 in the town of Franconia, where it got stuck, according to police.

Mooers, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, was taken to Littleton Regional Hospital for evaluation.

"Troopers were able to safely, and successfully, mitigate a potentially dangerous situation by isolating the suspect vehicle and preventing injury or property damage," state police said.

Mooers is scheduled to appear Nov. 25 in 2nd Circuit Court, Plymouth District Division.

Anyone with information can contact Trooper Micah Jones at 603-223-8885 or micah.jones@dos.nh.gov.

Troop F was assisted at the scene by Fish and Game; Lincoln, Woodstock and Franconia police; the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department; and the Franconia Life Squad.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019