BRENTWOOD — A man who led state police on a pursuit along Route 101 and Interstate 95 on Tuesday before crashing his car in Massachusetts was allegedly drunk behind the wheel, police said.
Nicholas Cammann, 32, of Aquinnah, Mass., was charged with operating under the influence and three other charges by Massachusetts State Police after leading police on a two-state pursuit. Cammann is expected to be returned to New Hampshire, where he is facing a variety of charges for allegedly endangering motorists by passing them in the breakdown lane from Candia to Hampton.
New Hampshire State Police charged Cammann with felony reckless conduct, and misdemeanor counts of reckless operation and disobeying a police officer.
State police said more charges could be filed against Cammann in New Hampshire.
Massachusetts State Police said troopers filed the drunken driving charge against Cammann after an investigation by troopers at the Newbury, Mass. barracks. He is also facing charges in Massachusetts for failing to stop for police and resisting arrest, and a marked lanes violation in Massachusetts. Drivers along Route 101 east in Candia began calling 911 around 9:50 a.m. about a motorist passing other cars in the breakdown lane.
A state trooper spotted Cammann in the area of Exit 8 in Brentwood and attempted to stop it, state police said. Cammann allegedly accelerated and passed vehicles while driving in the breakdown lane along Route 101 east.
State police decided to break off the pursuit, but then had a trooper deploy stop sticks in the area of Route 101 and Interstate 95 in Hampton.
Cammann was able to avoid the stop sticks and continue south on Interstate 95, where he took an off ramp to the state liquor store in Hampton, state police said.
Witnesses described Cammann as “frantically” going from car to car in the parking lot in what appeared to be an attempt to steal another vehicle, state police said.
Cammann then allegedly fled again in the Grand Am and soon came upon road construction along Interstate 95 in Newburyport, Mass.
Massachusetts state police troopers spotted Cammann lose control of his car and crash into a jersey barrier, police said.
Cammann allegedly continued south in his damaged car and crossed the median in the area of Exit 56 to turn onto the northern lane of the interstate. But Cammann lost control of the car again and crashed off the right side of the roadway, according to police.
He allegedly fled on foot, but was caught a short time later when Massachusetts state police deployed a K-9 to track him.