KINGSTON — Before dressing himself in women’s clothes to elude police, Donald Smith set off a high-speed pursuit beginning in Hampton Falls, allegedly tossing a bag with a .380-caliber handgun and .40-caliber rounds from his car, police said.
Smith, 23, of Plaistow was arraigned in 10th Circuit Court-District Division-Plaistow on seven charges in connection with his flight from Hampton Falls police on Saturday afternoon.
Smith allegedly sped more than 100 mph while fleeing from police on Routes 107 and 125, before crashing into a stone wall and air conditioner units just outside of Trinity Church in Kingston.
“I witnessed (him) traveling over 100 mph, swerving though traffic and passing lines of cars to the right and left and passed through each lighted intersection of Depot Road, New Boston Road and Danville Road without stopping on the red light,” Kingston police Officer Derek Titone said in a sworn affidavit.
Police said Smith had a suspended license in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
The pursuit wound through East Kingston and Kingston between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m., and endangered several drivers along the way, police said. Smith fled on foot once he crashed his vehicle, police said. Officers from area towns canvassed the area. Smith emerged from the woods about six hours later, and allegedly went looking for a ride home at the Shell gas station on Route 125 in Kingston, police said. Police responded to the station but could not find Smith. While driving south on Old Coach Road, Titone spotted a man who “was wearing female clothing that was too small for him,” according to the affidavit. Despite the clothing change, Titone was able to identify Smith with a photo he had of him, court records say.
Titone drew his weapon on Smith and took him into custody without incident. He noticed Smith’s clothes still had tags on them and asked where they came from, police said. Smith told police he had taken them from a store that had been closed for the night. Smith is facing a charge of theft by unauthorized taking for stealing the clothing. He remained held at the Rockingham County jail on $50,000 cash bail.