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For Immediate Release
January 13, 2017
For more information contact:
Trooper M. Hicks and Trooper D. Roger
(603) 223-4381

Motor Vehicle Pursuit & Subsequent Arrest, Interstate 93, Manchester to Lawrence, Massachusetts

On Friday, January 13th, 2017 at approximately 0750 hours, the Manchester Police Department attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle on Elm Street in their city. The operator of the vehicle, later identified as Joseph M. Hart (Age 35), Westborough, Massachusetts, refused to stop and led Manchester Police onto Interstate 93 southbound towards Londonderry. Manchester Officers passed the pursuit onto NH State Troopers who were able to locate the stolen 1996 Chevrolet Pickup Truck in the immediate area of Exit 4 where spike strips were successfully deployed. After the vehicle ran over the spike mat, Hart stopped near Mile Marker 10 in Derry where he fled on foot into the wooded area. At this time the State Police fixed-wing aircraft, who was in the immediate area conducting motor vehicle enforcement, responded quickly to the incident. Once on-scene, Troopers positioned in the aircraft were able to follow Hart as he fled on foot into Derry.

Troopers from the air craft then watched Hart as he stole a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu that had been started and left running in a driveway by the owner. The aircraft observed Hart travel into the town of Windham where Windham Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle. Again Hart refused to stop for law enforcement and a second pursuit traveled onto Interstate 93 and proceeded southbound where NH Troopers once again got involved. The aircraft and pursuing Troopers followed Hart into Massachusetts where members of the Massachusetts State Police and the Lawrence Police Department immediately got involved. Hart fled into the City of Lawrence where he pulled the stolen vehicle into a DPW garage on Auburn Street. Hart then subsequently fled on foot into an adjacent multi-level apartment building on Chestnut Street. Hart was located hiding in an attic crawlspace by a Massachusetts State Police – K9 and taken into custody.

Hart is being held on Fugitive From Justice Charges by the Massachusetts State Police and is expected to be arraigned later today. Once a hearing is scheduled and held, Hart will be extradited back to the State of New Hampshire to answer multiple charges from the Manchester, Derry, Windham and State Police Departments.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to contact Trooper M. Hicks and Trooper D. Roger at the NH State Police – Troop B barracks at 603-223-4381.

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