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Police: Manchester man facing charges after brief downtown chase, crash


January 11. 2018 10:57AM
Police investigate after a van driven by Elijah Darling, 21, was involved in a brief chase and crash in the area of Hanover and Beech streets in Manchester Wednesday afternoon. (JEFFREY HASTINGS PHOTO)



ELIJAH DARLING

MANCHESTER — A 21-year-old city man faces charges after leading police officers on a brief chase up Hanover Street and crashing his van on Beech Street Wednesday afternoon, police said.

According to a release, officers tried to pull over a van driven by Elijah Darling they said had an invalid inspection sticker and was covered in ice and snow on Hanover Street near Union Street about 1 p.m.

Rather than pulling over, police said, Darling sped up the 1999 Honda minivan, passing a 2008 Toyota Prius as he headed east on Hanover Street before turning sharply into the Cumberland Farms parking lot at Hanover and Beech streets. During the turn, Darling’s van hit the Prius, police said, damaging the front of the Prius and the passenger side of the van and shaking up the 71-year-old Prius driver.

According to police, Darling cut through the convenience store’s lot onto Beech Street before losing control and hitting a tree just south of the entrance to the McHugh Funeral Home at 283 Beech St. An officer ordered him to the ground as he exited the van, police said.

Darling was charged with reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer and two counts of conduct after an accident, police said, as well as having an outstanding bench warrant for driving without a license.

He was scheduled to appear in Manchester circuit court for the bench warrant and in Hillsborough County Superior Court North on Jan. 11 for the charges related to yesterday’s incident, police said.


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