On Tuesday, 10/11/16, at approximately 11:03 p.m. New Hampshire State Police Captain Gregory Ferry attempted to stop a 2011 GMC Sierra pickup truck bearing Massachusetts registration plates on I-93 north in Manchester, after the vehicle had passed through a construction zone in Londonderry at a high rate of speed. The driver of the vehicle was identified as, Christopher O’Dwyer 42, of Salem NH
Mr. O’Dwyer refused to pull over, while traveling at approximately 95 mph in a posted 55 mph. The pursuit continued up I-93 at speeds between 95 and 115 mph in Hooksett where a trooper unsuccessfully attempted to deploy tire deflation devices at the north end of the open road tolling. It was also discovered that the pickup truck had just been reported stolen out of Boston Massachusetts.
A second attempt to deploy tire deflation devices on the vehicle’s tires near the I-89 junction was also unsuccessful. The truck entered I-89 north after passing a vehicle by way of the grass shoulder on the ramp. A trooper successfully deployed tire deflation devices on the vehicle’s front tires prior to Exit#2; however, Mr. O’Dwyer still refused to stop. Just south of Exit#3 the vehicle veered to the left, striking the median jersey barrier. The truck continued northerly at speeds between 60-100+ mph. Several additional successful deployments of tire deflation devices left Mr. O’Dwyer driving the truck on heavily sparking rims with tire debris littering the roadway. Some sparks created several small brush fires, prompting the New London Fire Department to respond to extinguish the flames.
The pursuit came to a conclusion in the area of mile marker 48.6 in Enfield when the vehicle came to a stop, unable to proceed any further. Mr. O’Dwyer was subsequently taken into custody without incident. There were no reported injuries and one State Police cruiser sustained minor damage as a result of driving over tire debris.
Mr. O’Dwyer was booked at Troop D where he refused the services of a bail commissioner. He is currently being held at the Merrimack County House of Correction pending a video arraignment in the 6th Circuit Court in Concord on Wednesday morning.
Mr. O’Dwyer is charged with Receiving Stolen Property(felony-b), Reckless Conduct(felony-b), Disobeying an Officer(misdemeanor-A), Conduct After an Accident(Misdemeanor-A)
The New Hampshire State Police were assisted by troopers from Troop B, Troop D, New London Police Department, Sutton Police Department, Bradford Police Department, Sunapee Police Department and the New London Fire Department