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Haverhill man arrested after being chased by police from Mass. into N.H. and back

A Haverhill man was arrested this morning following a prolonged high-speed highway pursuit that allegedly wound from Massachusetts into New Hampshire and back to Massachusetts, State Police said.

Keith S. Babcock, 30, allegedly led police on a chase beginning in Haverhill on Interstate 495 around 10:30 a.m., State Police said. At one point, authorities had to stop the pursuit when Babcock got off the highway at Route 110 and began to flee on side streets. When he got back on Route 110 and then I-495, Merrimac police resumed the chase.

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State Police took over the chase as Babcock’s green Ford Explorer allegedly pushed north on I-495, traveling between 80 and 90 miles per hour. When Babcock entered New Hampshire, State Police said, the pursuit was terminated.

Local police in New Hampshire located Babcock and chased him back to the Massachusetts line on Interstate 95, where Merrimac police resumed the pursuit. From there, Babcock allegedly led State and local police onto Route 286 in Salisbury, and then back onto I-495 southbound.

At that point, Amesbury police set up “stop sticks,” which are spiked strips placed across the road to pop a car’s tires. Babcock continued driving on punctured tires before stopping and fleeing on foot. Troopers and officers caught him on the side of the highway.

Babcock was wanted on an outstanding warrant issued in New Hampshire, State Police said. During the pursuit, State Police said, Babcock drove his car at police trying to stop him.

Babcock faces charges of being a fugitive from justice on a court warrant, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, assault with a dangerous weapon, speeding, failing to observe marked lanes, and resisting arrest.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.
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