Police in two states combined forces Tuesday to capture a man who was first spotted driving erratically in Candia, N.H., and was finally apprehended when he crashed a car into Jersey barriers at a Newburyport, Mass., construction site some 40 miles away.
Nicholas Cammann, 32, of Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard, is facing charges in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts for his alleged actions behind the wheel of a gold Pontiac Grand Am. The road drama began around 9:50 a.m. as he was driving east on Route 101 in Candia, authorities said.
Cammann, who was allegedly speeding, driving in the breakdown lane, and weaving through traffic, was spotted by a New Hampshire trooper as he drove near Exit 8 in Brentwood. The driver ignored efforts by police to pull him over and accelerated away; after a three-minute pursuit, New Hampshire troopers stopped the chase because of the threat to the public, authorities said.
Troopers positioned themselves east of Cammann’s last sighting — near the intersection of Route 101 and Interstate 95 in Hampton — and deployed stop sticks, hoping to puncture his tires and force him to stop, police said.
But Cammann allegedly managed to elude the stop sticks and drove south on I-95. Police next heard about Cammann when several callers reported that someone was “frantically” trying to break into cars in the NH Liquor Store parking lot in Hampton.
By the time troopers arrived, Cammann had allegedly gotten into the Pontiac Grand Am and was back on the road, heading towards Massachusetts where State Police had been notified of the pursuit.
Cammann allegedly drove into Jersey barriers near a road construction site on I-95 in Newburyport, but managed to keep the battered car moving forward, police said.
He allegedly crossed the median strip and started driving north on I-95 when he crashed again, for the final time. police said.
Cammann ran off on foot but was tracked down by Massachusetts State Police with the help of a K-9 unit.
Cammann has been charged in Massachusetts with failing to stop for police, resisting arrest, operating under the influence of liquor, and a marked lanes violation, said Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant Daniel Richard.
In New Hampshire, Cammann faces charges of disobeying an officer, reckless operation, and reckless conduct, said New Hampshire State Police.