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For Immediate Release
January 26, 2016
For more information contact:
Trooper Matthew Locke
(603) 223-8490

Motor Vehicle Incident, Milton

jeremy hovey leclair booking photo

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, at approximately 7:50 p.m., Troopers assigned to the New Hampshire State Police Troop A barracks received information from the Kittery, ME Police Department regarding a motor vehicle incident in their town. It was reported that a 2001 Chevy 2500 pick-up truck had pulled alongside a Kittery Police cruiser and attempted to force it off the road. The Chevy pick-up truck sped off after stopping briefly for the Kittery police officer. No pursuit was initiated. A short time later the aforementioned vehicle was observed being operated in a reckless manner on Route 236 in Eliot, ME. The Eliot Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle but again it sped off. A similar incident occurred in the City of Dover, NH. It became evident that the driver of this vehicle was attempting to initiate a police pursuit by their aggressive driving.

Information was developed that identified the driver of the vehicle as Jeremy Hovey Leclair, age 39, of Kittery, ME. Troopers also received information that Hovey Leclair may have his 4 year old son with him in his vehicle.

At approximately 9:31 p.m., the vehicle in question was observed by a Somersworth police officer on High St. Simultaneously, Trooper Matthew Locke observed the vehicle and followed it onto Route 16 southbound. Trooper Locke attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop. Hovey Leclair moved his vehicle into the right breakdown lane, stopped briefly, and then sped off. No pursuit was initiated. However, Trooper Locke continued to follow the vehicle from a safe distance and maintained visual contact. A short time later, Hovey Leclair utilized an emergency crossover on the highway and reversed his direction onto Route 16 northbound.

Information was developed that increased our concerns over the safety of the 4 year old child. Troopers continued to follow the vehicle from a considerable distance. As the vehicle approached the Rochester/Milton town line, the decision was made to utilize a tire deflation device in an attempt to stop the vehicle by making it inoperable. Milton Police Officer Andrea Reid deployed this device and was successful in deflating the front right tire. Troopers and local police officers followed the vehicle at slow speeds and from a considerable distance on Route 16 northbound. The vehicle exited the highway at exit #17 and merged onto Route 75 east, then onto Route 125 north. Once on Route 125 Hovey Leclair made a right turn onto Townhouse Road in the Town of Milton. Hovey Leclair continued driving down Townhouse Road before reaching a dead end. He immediately exited his vehicle and fled on foot, running onto a frozen pond (Milton Three Ponds). Hovey Leclair ignored multiple verbal commands to stop. Trooper Haden Wilber deployed his K-9 partner "Gauge" who was successful in apprehending this individual. Troopers Locke and Wilber ran towards Hovey Leclair and the State Police K-9. At this point, they all fell through the ice. Trooper Eric Call and Farmington Police Sergeant Brian Gore ran onto the ice as well. Trooper Call and Sgt. Gore assisted Troopers Locke, Wilber, and K-9 "Gauge" by pulling them out of the icy water. Subsequently, Trooper Brian Ross had retrieved a rescue rope from his cruiser. Troopers Ross, Locke, Call, and Sgt. Gore threw Hovey Leclair the rescue rope and pulled him out of the icy water. Milton Police officer Brian Leahy had also arrived on scene and assisted all involved with taking Hovey Leclair into custody. The 4 year old child was removed from the vehicle by Officer Reid, immediately after Hovey Leclair fled on foot. The child was not harmed in any way.

Troopers Locke and Wilber were treated at the scene by members of the Milton Fire Department. They were not transported to a medical facility. Hovey Leclair was transported to the Frisbee Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was released a short time later and held at the Strafford County Jail.

The New Hampshire State Police were assisted by members Milton Police Department, the Farmington Police Department, the Somersworth Police Department, the Rochester Police Department, the Kittery, ME Police Department, the Maine State Police, the New Hampshire State Police Mobile Enforcement Team, and the Milton Fire Department.

Hovey Leclair is being charged with 2 counts of reckless conduct, 2 counts of disobeying a police officer, 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, willful interference with a police dog, and reckless operation. He is due to appear in the Rochester District Court on January 27. Other agencies and jurisdictions may have additional charges pending.

This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Matthew Locke. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call Trooper Locke/NH State Police/Troop A at 603-223-8490.

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