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Man arrested, charged after speeding 127 m.p.h. on N.H. highway in police pursuit, officials say

New Hampshire State Police arrested a Connecticut man Wednesday for allegedly driving 127 mph to outrun police on Dec. 8, authorities said.

Benjamin Saxon, 22, of Hartford, Conn., is charged with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, unauthorized use of renter property over $1,500, falsifying physical evidence, disobeying an officer, reckless operation, and operating without lights, police said.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Dec. 8, a 2018 BMW traveling 101 mph sped by a trooper monitoring traffic on Interstate 93 North in Tilton, police said. The trooper activated her emergency headlights and sirens but the vehicle accelerated to 127 mph, police said.


Police said they chased Saxon on the highway through Sanbornton, Meredith, New Hampton and Plymouth.

“The vehicle traveled at excessive speeds, exhibited lane control issues, and extinguished their lights while driving in attempts to evade police,” authorities said.

The BMW exited Interstate 93 in Plymouth and was later found unoccupied on Tenney Mountain Highway, officials said. Saxon had allegedly used an app called Turo to rent the BMW, police said, and was later apprehended.

Saxton was released on personal recognizance. He is due in court on Feb. 16.

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