William Pope

Feb 21, 2016 6:47 AM

Man arrested in Salem after allegedly fleeing police, threatening family member with knife

SALEM – Police arrested a man Saturday night after he fled Windham where he allegedly threatened someone with a knife.

According to police, William Pope, 20, led police on a high-speed chase before crashing his car into a utility pole on Main Street and fleeing on foot.

According to the Eagle Tribune, Salem Police Lt. Mike Wagner said his department received a report from Windham police about Pope around 4 p.m.

Salem officers spotted Pope in the area of the Mall at Rockingham Park and tried to stop him, but say he drove off at a high rate of speed.

His vehicle was later spotted on Main Street near the intersection with School Street. Police pursued and say Pope crashed his car into a utility pole and fled on foot into a wooded area near the intersection of Scott and Lincoln terraces.

Police set up a perimeter and used two K-9s. Police used Pope's cell phone to pinpoint his location and communicate with him.

Pope was persuaded to surrender to police around 6 p.m.

Police brought Pope to Parkland Medical Center for an evaluation.

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