Guardrail Hit Leads to High Speed Chase Through NH Seacoast
A Portland man who hit a guard rail with a U-Haul pickup on Route 101 in Raymond on Thursday morning led police on a multi-town pursuit that ended with four deflated tires.
State Police troopers tried to stop the pickup around 7:10 a.m. in Hampton after the driver, Justin B. Digatano, 32, exited onto Route 1. As the troopers walked towards the stopped pickup, Digatano took off. The troopers followed Digatano as he went at a high rate of speed, weaving through traffic north onto Route 1, west on Route 101, and onto Interstate 95 and the Spaulding Turnpike north into Dover.
Police said Digatano made an illegal U-Turn in the grassy median, hitting another vehicle as he headed back south onto Route 1 into Porstmouth and North Hampton. He went onto side streets, where State Police helped track the pickup onto Hobbs Road. There, North Hampton Police were able to use a device to flatten all four tires.
DiGatano was taken into custody and found to be under the influence of drugs and his vehicle impounded. His driving privileges had been suspended, and he has an outstanding warrant from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.
After being checked over at a hospital, DiGatano was taken to the Rockingham County House of Corrections. He was charged with reckless conduct, aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, disobeying an officer, operating after suspension, driving without giving proof, conduct after an accident, and resisting arrest or detention.