Maine State Police Apprehend Suspect Who Fled NH Traffic Stop
Maine State Police arrested an Acton man who had fled from New Hampshire police in a vehicle he didn't have permission to drive.
The incident started in Rochester, New Hampshire on Sunday night, when a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Christopher Landry, of the Sanford/Acton area, failed to stop for local police. Rochester PD put out an APB on the man who they said didn't have permission to drive the Volkswagon Jetta.
Just after 11 p.m., Corporal MacDonald of the Maine State Police saw the vehicle as it was being driven erratically in the town of Lebanon. He activated his lights and siren, but the driver took off at a high rate of speed. As MacDonald and Trooper Conner Walton pursued the vehicle, a York County Deputy deployed a spike strip, which the Jetta drove over. The driver slowed but did not immediately stop, occasionally swerving into the opposite lane. MacDonald used a PIT maneuver, which forces the vehicle to turn sideways, to end the chase, but Landry ran into the woods on foot.
Several State Troopers and members of the York County Sheriff's Office conducted a search, including Trooper Adam Schmidt and his K9 Ibo. The police dog was able to find Landry laying down behind a tree and he was taken into custody.
Landry, who doesn't have a valid license and is also on bail conditions, is charged with Eluding an Officer. He will also be indicted by a grand jury on charges of Criminal Mischief, Reckless Conduct With a Dangerous Weapon, Unauthorized Use of Property, Failing to Stop for a Law Enforcement Officer, Violating Conditions of Release, and Operating After Suspension. He's currently being held at the York County Jail without bail.