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Police Arrest Armed Man Following Car Chase

Lawrence Martell, 34, of Contoocook, is facing numerous criminal charges.

A Contoocook man is being held at a Concord Hospital after leading police on a car chase on Wednesday morning.

Lawrence Martell, 34, led the Henniker Police and New Hampshire State Police on a vehicular pursuit on Interstate 89 beginning at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday. Martell was wanted in connection with a domestic violence simple assault and was reportedly suicidal and armed with a knife, according to state police.

The pursuit, which began in Henniker, ended when state police effectively deployed a stop stick tire deflation device on I-89 in Hopkinton. Martell jumped from his vehicle, a Dodge Dakota pickup truck, once its left front tire was deflated and before his vehicle came to a stop.

Martell was charged with the felony charge of reckless conduct for swerving and accelerating toward troopers as they attempted to deploy the tire deflation device. He was also charged with resisting arrest, reckless driving and disobeying an officer.

He is currently admitted at Concord Hospital pending a psychological evaluation and is scheduled to be arraigned on the criminal charges in both Hillsborough and Concord district courts at a later date.

jimmy February 28, 2013 at 01:56 AM
why do people think there gonna get away i mean come on really this is not the 1980's. if you run from the police the law states that they can take you down by force by any means nesscessary, especially if your armed. they even have the right to shoot at you, and not only that you could face some serious prison time.so think before you run!!!!!!
Joseph R February 28, 2013 at 01:57 AM
A psychological evaluation Mike!
jimmy February 28, 2013 at 02:02 AM
what are you implying here joseph?
Joseph R February 28, 2013 at 02:05 AM
That I agree with what you wrote. He obviously needs to think about what he's doing. The police will get you. He needs, "A psychological evaluation".

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