Antrim police go on 100 MPH chase

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 7:5PM

A Maine driver with a suspended license was charged with driving while intoxicated Monday night after a routine traffic stop on Route 9 in Antrim led to a high-speed chase, state police said.

Antrim Patrol Officer John Giffin pulled a gray 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup over for speeding, but before he had reached the vehicle, he said the driver hit the gas pedal and sped off.

Giffin said he quickly jumped back into the cruiser to pursue the vehicle and radioed in the situation to alert other officers.

“My lights and sirens were going off and he was passing cars in the breakdown lane,” Giffin said. The driver, Joshua Young, 32, headed west on Route 9 and then onto Route 202 toward I-89 at speeds in excess of 100 mph, police said. He traveled more than 20 miles.

Giffin said police in Hillsborough deployed a spike strip, but were unsuccessful in stopping Young. Young eventually started traveling southbound on I-89.

State police said they were alerted to the situation at about 10:13 p.m., when troopers assisted Giffin as the vehicle merged onto I-89.

“You can outrun a car, but not the radio,” Giffin said. “That’s much harder to do.”

Young eventually lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail near Exit 2. He then fled on foot. Giffin said at that point several troopers were on scene, along with Bow’s K9 unit, who were able to establish a perimeter. Young was taken into custody a short time later.

“Even if he had not run from us, [Young] was a significant danger to the public. He had a pretty lengthy driving record, so it was pretty satisfying to get him off the road,” Giffin said.

Young faces eight state and local charges, which include a felony, six misdemeanors and a violation. He is charged with reckless conduct, aggravated driving under the influence, reckless operation, two counts of driving after suspension, two counts of disobeying an officer, and conduct after an accident.

Young was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail and is being held on a combined $20,000 cash bail. He was arraigned in the Hillsborough and Concord district courts Dec. 20.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.