Police say NH man rams cruiser, evades pursuing officer
SALEM — Police say a Salem man crashed his truck into a police cruiser after an officer attempted to make a midnight traffic stop.
At at about 12:30 a.m. Monday a Salem police officer saw a black Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck operating erratically in the area of Brookdale Road. The officer followed the suspect vehicle as turned onto to Maylane Drive and then onto Jewell Drive.
Police say the officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, driven by Joseph Maille 25 of Salem, as as it pulled into the cul-de-sec. The suspect vehicle went completely around the circle and tried to exit by driving head-on toward the officer’s cruiser. As the suspect vehicle exited the circle, it crashed into the front bumper of the cruiser on the driver’s side, causing front end damage.
The officer pursued the vehicle down Jewell Drive, onto Maylane Drive and then southbound onto Brookdale Road toward Brady Avenue. The officer reported that the vehicle was traveling at approximately 60 mph and was sliding side-to-side on the wet road.
Police say Maille did not stop at the intersection of Pelham Road and Brady Avenue and continued toward Lowell Road. Once at the intersection with Lowell Road, the fleeing suspect made no attempt to stop and crossed Lowell Road at a high rate of speed continuing onto Brady Avenue south toward Cross Street.
Maille subsequently crashed into a tree while trying to maneuver through a sharp turn in the road.
Both Maille and the officer were later treated for minor injuries.
Maille was removed from the car. He was charged with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled drug, transporting drugs in a motor vehicle, DUI aggravated, reckless operation, open container and conduct after an accident.
Maille was released on $2,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned July 13 in Salem district court.