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Sep 19, 2016 7:34 AM

Police: NH casino theft leads to high-speed chase, fight with drunken driver

LACONIA - Police had to break into a suspect's car to arrest her after a high-speed chase through several towns Sunday night in the Lakes Region.

Sherry Giddis, 48, of 543 Meadow Pond Road in Gilmanton was involved in the chase that began at the Lakes Region Casino, police said.

Police responded to a report of a theft at the casino around 11 p.m. Sunday night. Responding police saw and clocked a vehicle traveling at 90 mph in a 45 mph zone. Belmont police attempted to stop the car before it entered Laconia.

Laconia police attempted to stop the car on Union Avenue and it continued on into Gilford. The car continued at speeds estimated between 80 mph and 90 mph. Police continued to pursue the car onto Weirs Boulevard but say they discontinued the pursuit due to the high rate of speed the vehicle was traveling.

Police were able to follow the vehicle into a McDonald's parking lot.

The driver refused to open the car's door, forcing police to break a window to gain entry. Police say that she then fought with police before she was arrested.

After Giddis's arrest police determined that the vehicle had run another car off the road on Weirs Boulevard, causing minor damage.

Belmont police confirmed casino staff saw Giddis leaving the facility in the truck she was apprehended in.

Giddis was charged by Laconia police with three counts of disobeying an officer, aggravated DWI, resisting arrest or detention and felony reckless conduct. Belmont police have pending charges against Giddis for disobeying, theft and reckless driving.

Gilford police have pending charges for disobeying, criminal mischief and reckless driving.

Giddis refused bail and was transported to Belknap County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Belknap Superior Court.

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