A Maine man driving an SUV reported stolen from Florida was taken into custody Sunday night after two brief high-speed police pursuits on Interstate 95.

New Hampshire State Police spotted the Nissan Murano heading northbound around 7:30 p.m. in Hampton Falls, and tried to stop the driver identified as Emil Girard, 23, of Biddeford. A pursuit onto Route 101 westbound was called off due to traffic conditions, and troopers lost sight of Girard.

NH State Police K-9 Scout
NH State Police K-9 Scout (NH State Police)

Girard was located about 30 minutes later again heading north on I-95, and the trooper again pursued. The chase ended when Girard went off the road near Exit 5 (Route 1 Bypass/Spaulding Turnpike) in Portsmouth and crashed the SUV. He fled the SUV on foot, and State Police called in a K-9 team to track him.

K-9 Scout was able to track Girard to a marshy area a quarter-mile from the crash scene. He faces nearly a dozen charges. The charges include:

  • Receiving stolen property (two counts)
  • Reckless conduct with a deadly weapon (two counts)
  • Disobeying an officer (two counts)
  • Resisting arrest
  • Reckless operation (two counts)
  • Driving after revocation/suspension

After being checked over by Portsmouth first responders Girard was held at the Rockingham County Jail pending arraignment.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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