Police Pursue Suspect for Nearly 50 Miles

What began as a police pursuit in Massachusetts yesterday ended with the arrest of a 22 year old male in Raymond, NH. At approximately 3:53 PM, the New Hampshire State Police were notified by West Newbury, MA police that they were pursuing a pick up truck on Interstate 95 northbound. The vehicle was driven by Shane D. Comeford, of Newbury, MA.

The truck crossed the NH/MA state line and proceeded north to Exit 2. Once on the off ramp of the highway, Troopers deployed stop sticks. Comeford took evasive measures to avoid the spikes, however, by driving off the paved portion of the roadway. He continued to travel east on Route 101 towards heavy traffic in Hampton Beach.

Police deployed a second set of stop sticks before the vehicle reached the beach, disabling two of its tires. Comeford reversed direction in Hampton, and began traveling west on Route 101. Troopers deployed a third set of stop sticks, which disabled a third tire. The vehicle continued to drive at high rates of speed on three flat tires on Route 101 west.

NH State Police search Comeford's truck after stopping the pursuit and making the arrest. Photo by Jacklynn Weeks.

As Comeford approached Exit 5 in Raymond, NH, “he took evasive action to maneuver around two sets of stop sticks, which were deployed across the westbound travel lane of Route 101 by the Raymond Police Department,” according to the press release. However, the three blown tires began to disintegrate, slowing the truck significantly. The truck was finally stopped on Route 101 westbound by Exit 4.

Shane Comeford was taken into custody without further incident. He is currently being held on $5,000 cash or Personal Recognizance bail at the Rockingham County Jail. Comeford is scheduled for arraignment on May 26, 2010. He is being charged with Disobeying a Police Officer, Reckless Conduct, and Resisting Arrest. It has also since been determined that he was in violation of his probation conditions in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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