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.
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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