HUDSON — A Nashua man police allege was driving drunk was able to speed away from a local traffic stop despite having just been stunned with a Taser.
Michael Derochers, 37, was eventually taken into custody just across the Massachusetts state line.
The incident began just after midnight Saturday when officer Dan Donahue of the Hudson Police Department pulled over a pickup truck at a gas station on Ferry Street.
To Donahue, Derochers seemed impaired and the officer told him to exit the vehicle as he was under arrest for driving while intoxicated.
But Derochers refused to get out, according to the officer, and his attempt to remove him was met with resistance.
Donahue was able to extract the driver, but Derochers remained combative. A Taser was used on Derochers, but had no apparent effect, the officer said.
Derochers managed to wriggle back into the truck with the officer grappling with him. The truck was shifted into gear and started driving away with the officer still partially inside, police said.
Officer Donahue was able to untangled himself and get clear of the vehicle before Derochers sped off toward Nashua. The officer was uninjured, according to police.
Derochers fled south on Route 3 and crossed into Massachusetts, according to police. About 1:15 a.m., Massachusetts State Police pulled the truck over just across the state line and Derochers surrendered without further issue.
Hudson police have charged Derochers with felony reckless conduct, disobeying an officer, two counts of resisting arrest, a second-offense driving while intoxicated and speeding.
Massachusett State Police charged Derochers with a second-offense operating under the influence, negligent driving, failure to stop and fugitive from justice—because of the earlier incident in Hudson.
Derochers is being held without bail pending arraignment Monday in Lowell District Court.