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Vermont man faces several charges after NH chase

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN New Hampshire Union Leader
August 09. 2018 10:44PM




CLAREMONT — A Proctor, Vt., man faces firearm, drug and reckless conduct charges after police say he led them through Claremont and Newport on a truck chase Wednesday.

Richard Duncan, 40, was held at the Sullivan County House of Corrections prior to his arraignment in Sullivan County Superior Court Thursday.

The incident began at 4:48 p.m. when Claremont police got many 911 calls about the driver of a black Ford F150 pickup truck driving erratically eastbound on Main Street.

A Claremont police officer soon after reported that he saw the same truck speed through a crash scene, almost striking a Claremont firefighter on the street.

About 10 minutes later, a Newport police officer reported he spotted the truck on Main Street in Newport and tried to stop it, but the driver did not stop.

Claremont Police Capt. Stephen A. Lee said officers pursued the pickup truck on John Stark Highway back into Claremont, even after the vehicle left the roadway on Washington Street and the driver got out and fled on foot.

State police took Duncan into custody a short time after that.


Duncan was charged with three counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon (a truck), one felon in possession of a firearm charge, one count of being an armed career criminal and one for possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Claremont police Capt. Stephen A. Lee at (603) 542-7010 or slee@claremontnh.com, or New Hampshire State Police Trooper Eric Fosterling at (603) 223-4381 or eric.fosterling@dos.nh.gov.


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