It took until the habitual drunk driver was threatened by smoke and flames entering the drivers compartment to pull over after being chased by four law enforcement agencies. Riding on rims after driving over spike strips as he entered Nashua the sparking rims caught the his van on fire.
On Sunday, January 2, 2011 at approximately 8:26 pm State Police Dispatch received a call from a motorist reporting a 2000 Oldsmobile Silhoutte Van traveling north on Route 293 in the city of Manchester. This vehicle was reportedly driving erratically and had struck a gaurdrail on the highway. A Trooper assigned to the area spotted this vehicle as it exited the highway at Exit 5, Granite Street. The Trooper activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop this vehicle in Manchester. This vehicle refused to stop as it traveled through the west side of Manchester. Manchester Police Department assisted and were joined by additional State Police units as the pursued vehicle traveled back onto Route 293 south from Exit 6.
State Police units continued to pursue this vehicle as it traveled south on 293 to the FE Everett Turnipke south into Bedford. This vehicle crashed into the guard rail in multiple locations on the Everett Turnpike but continued south into Nashua. Local agencies from Bedford, Merrimack and Nashua deployed tire deflation devices and were able to slow the pursuit as it entered Nashua. This vehicle continued driving recklessly with two deflated tires and refused to stop. The heat and sparks from driving on the rims at a high rate of speed caused the undercarraige to ignite. The operator continued driving until it was clear that smoke and flames were entering the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The driver pulled onto the Exit 6 off ramp and surrender to arresting Troopers without further incident. State Police Troopers with assistance from the above agencies pursued this vehicle for nearly 17 miles.
The driver was identified as Matthew Snow, age 30, of D Street in Manchester. He was charged with Felony Reckless Conduct, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Operating After Suspension Subsequent Offense, Conduct After An Accident, Disobeying a Police Officer, and multiple moving violations. Snow refused bail and will appear in Manchester District Court in the morning. In addition, Snow has a 72 hour parole violation hold from Manchester Probation and Parole office.