the damaged cruiser, courtesy Rochester PD

Nov 7, 2015 10:08 AM

Driver hits Rochester police car and flees, arrested after police pursuit

ROCHESTER - Police say a driver who crossed the center line and hit a police car on Friday night was arrested after he fled the scene, crashed his car and fled on foot.

Justin Goodwin, 23, of Middleton was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, conduct after an accident, disobeying an officer and resisting arrest. No one was injured in the collision.

Police say an officer was driving on Columbus Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when the Hyundai Tucson driven by Goodwin veered over the yellow lines and would have hit the police car head-on if the officer hadn't reacted quickly.

Goodwin allegedly drove off but crashed at the end of Dublin Way then ran away on foot. Neighbors in the area were able to point officers in the right direction and Goodwin was taken into custody after a brief pursuit.

Goodwin was held at the Strafford County jail on $25,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in the 7th Circuit Court of Rochester.

Anyone that may have witnessed this incident is encouraged to call the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7127 or Rochester Crimeline at 335-6500.

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