Cops: Suspected Intoxicated Driver Hits Police Cruiser in New Hampshire
A New Hampshire man allegedly evaded police and collided with a police cruiser on Friday, police said.
Seabrook police said they were notified by the Hampton Police Department that a suspected intoxicated driver had evaded their attempts to stop the vehicle around noon on Friday, according to a press release.
Seabrook police then attempted to stop the vehicle on Ocean Boulevard in Seabrook where the driver allegedly fled the scene at a high rate of speed, the release said.
This led officers on a pursuit that resulted in what police called an accident between the suspect's vehicle and a Seabrook police cruiser, per the release. One officer was treated for minor injuries at the Seabrook Emergency Room.
Officers deployed a spike strip on Route 286 before the vehicle was eventually stopped in Salisbury, police said, adding that the operator of the vehicle was identified as Brian Kinney, 44, of Nashua.
Kinney was taken into custody by Salisbury police and charged with operating under the influence of liquor, fugitive from justice, negligent operation and failing to stop for police, the release said.
Seabrook Police Chief Brett Walker said the incident was a testament to cooperation between law enforcement entities.
“The Seabrook Police Department is committed to the enforcement of New Hampshire’s Driving Under the Influence laws with a continued goal of keeping the motoring public safe," Walker said in the release. "Today’s event shows the cooperation between several area law enforcement agencies in furtherance of this goal.”
The incident remains under investigation by Seabrook police, per the release, which added that additional charges are expected to be forthcoming. Anyone with additional information on this case is encouraged to contact Officer Dan Hurley at the Seabrook Police Department 603-474-5200.
Editor's note: Police said the apparent injuries seen on the suspect in the booking photo are pre-existing injuries and not as a result of his contact with police on Friday.