Jun 8, 2016 7:18 AM

Career criminal caught in Plaistow hiding in a crawl space after crashing car into cruiser, fleeing on foot

Gretchen Grosky

PLAISTOW - A career criminal who is a suspect in several felony crimes in Plaistow and surrounding communities was arrested Tuesday, found hiding in a third-floor crawl space of a home after striking a cruiser with a stolen car and then fleeing on foot.

William "BJ" Maurier, 35, of Kingston, was found just before 5 p.m. as officers executed a search warrant at 1A Jesse George Road. Officers entered the home and found Maurier trying to hide in a third-floor crawl space. Police searched a bedroom where Maurier was believed to be staying and found a knife and 9 mm handgun.

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Police had attempted to arrest Maurier earlier in the day after detectives learned Maurier had been frequenting the Jesse George Road home. Police watched as Maurier and a woman got into a car reported stolen out of Westford and drove away. As officers attempted to stop the car, Maurier reportedly sped away, driving southbound on Route 125 toward Haverhill, Mass. As the vehicle crossed the border, it spun out of control and struck a Plaistow Police cruiser, causing damage to both vehicles.

Maurier took off on foot while his female passenger stayed in the car answering officers' questions about the accident. Both Haverhill and Massachusetts State Police assisted in the search for Maurier.

He was charged with receiving stolen property, disobeying an officer, reckless conduct, criminal mischief, operating after suspension, and reckless operation. He was also wanted out of Hillsborough County on a warrant for being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.

This was the second time in less than a month that Maurier fled from police. Last month, Raymond Police received word Maurier was staying at the Pine Acres Campground. As an officer tried to stop his vehicle just outside the campground May 20, Maurier sped off, ditched the car and fled on foot. Officers from several departments, including State Police and a Brentwood K-9 unit, assisted in the manhunt but were unable to locate him.

Maurier has a long history with police. In March 2015, he was involved in a standoff with Londonderry Police and charged with resisting arrest. In 2014, he was charged in another stand-off, that time in Manchester. in 2003, Maurier was charged with resisting arrest and driving under the influence. In 2002, he escaped police custody in Plaistow, but was eventually captured and charged. In 1999, he was charged with armed assault and assault with a dangerous weapon at the age of 18.

Maurier is expected to be arraigned Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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