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Wild Chase Through Two States Ends With Car Split In Half

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This car was split in two after crashing into a utility pole in Methuen during a police chase. (Photo: New Hampshire State Police)

This car was split in two after crashing into a utility pole in Methuen during a police chase. (Photo: New Hampshire State Police)

METHUEN (CBS) – New Hampshire state police chased a stolen car into Massachusetts until it crashed into a utility pole and split in two.

Troopers were alerted around 10 p.m. Tuesday to be on the lookout for a  a 1994 Honda Accord that was reported stolen out of Manchester.

They found the car on Interstate 93 in Salem, N.H., and pulled it over.  But after a brief stop in the breakdown lane, authorities said the driver took off.

Police continued the chase on I-93, Route 213, and eventually onto Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen.  That’s where the car slammed into a utility pole near Oak Street, causing it to split into two pieces.

The damage was so severe that two tow trucks were needed to remove the car from the scene.

A second piece of the car was also towed after it hit a utility pole. (Photo: New Hampshire State Police)

A second piece of the car was also towed after it hit a utility pole. (Photo: New Hampshire State Police)

The two people inside weren’t hurt and they ran away, according to police.

Officers found the driver, Tommy Rogers, 29, of Manchester, in a nearby McDonald’s.

He was arrested as a fugitive from justice and charged with felony receiving stolen property. He’d due to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court Wednesday.

The woman who was a passenger in the car was also found near the McDonald’s. She was questioned by police but not charged.

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