UPDATE: Force used when arresting police chase suspect in Nashua to be investigated
NASHUA - Massachusetts State Police say they will review whether or not the level of force was appropriate during the arrest of a man who led them on a long chase.
The frantic moments the chase that sped through a quiet Nashua neighborhood were caught on cell phone video, and then the take-down everyone is talking about was seen from up above.
“I thought he got knocked out he was on the floor like not moving at all,” said Savanna Zabala who witnessed the arrest. “He put his hands up, and then the cops just went after him and started beating him."
The chase started in Holden, Mass., where - according to Mass State Police - 50 year-old Richard Simone of Worcester refused to stop for police. The man is known to police and has several outstanding warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny, and failure to stop for police.
The vehicle crashed at least once in Hudson but continued on even with popped tires, pieces of them littering the neighborhood.
“It was smoking from the side, and I heard that they popped the tires so he was running on like driving with no tires basically,” said Zach Williams who witnessed the chase.
Even with the damage to the car, Simone only surrendered after turning down a dead end street.
“Because there’s nowhere to go and he didn’t know that so thank God that he decided to give himself up and not run into someone’s house because that would’ve been bad,” said neighbor Arnaldo Zabala.
Gov. Hassan’s office says she is aware of the situation and they’ve been in contact with the Departments of Safety and Justice. Their statement goes on to say, "All New Hampshire public safety officials are held to the highest standards, and the Governor expects this will be fully investigated."
Simone was brought to the Nashua Police Department for booking. He will face several new charges on top of his warrants. He’s likely to be arraigned in New Hampshire first. It’s unclear when that will happen. No word on whether or not he was injured during the arrest.