Dec 23, 2015 4:14 PM

Two-state police chase ends when driver is stopped in Claremont

CLAREMONT - A police chase that started in Vermont ended in a parking lot off Main Street after the fleeing pickup truck hit another truck and finally came to a stop at the end of the Lambert Supply driveway.

Police say the chase started around 9 a.m. with the truck fleeing north on Route 5 from Springfield, Vt. to Ascutney. At the intersection of Route 103, the driver turned left and headed into Claremont. Vermont State Police notified and got assistance from the N.H. State Police and the Claremont police. Officers deployed a spike strip that flattened one tire, but the driver continued until he collided with another truck on Main Street.

No one was injured but both trucks were damaged. The fleeing driver traveled through the Lambert Supply parking lot and finally stopped at the east end of the driveway.

Police then arrested Joseph Romano, 38, of Swanzey, N.H. and charged him with reckless conduct, disobeying an officer and contempt of court. Romano also faces additional charges in Vermont.

He is being held at the Sullivan County jail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Claremont District Court on Thursday.

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