Theft turns to car chase

  • The route McCarthy allegedly took from  New Ipswich Market to Jaffrey. MAPS4NEWS

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:0PM

Jaffrey police are pursuing an arrest warrant for a Rindge man who on Monday night evaded police capture after he was chased through town, subsequent to him allegedly stealing a couple bottles of Twisted Tea from the New Ipswich Market. 

Police hope to obtain an arrest warrant for Daniel P. McCarthy, 31, by the end of the week, according to Police Chief William Oswalt. Charges are forthcoming but have yet to be determined at this time. 

Oswalt said McCarthy does not have any active warrants against him and possesses a valid license, so he is unsure as to why McCarthy would evade police by fleeing his car and later taking a second car without the owner’s permission to run from the officers pursuing him. 

“There are still some questions we have… these are relatively extreme measures,” said Oswalt, in an interview Wednesday morning. “The standard for someone evading police like this would be if they had an active warrant or a suspended license.”

Jaffrey police originally responded to a be on the lookout (BOLO) request from the New Ipswich Police Department around 6:20 p.m., with New Ipswich police reporting a green Chevy pickup truck fleeing the scene of the New Ipswich Market.

Jaffrey police would locate the vehicle driven by McCarthy on Turnpike Road, according to a police log entry. Oswalt said the officer turned his blue lights on east of Prescott Road, which is when the chase began.

Oswalt said an officer observed McCarthy throw a bottle of alcohol out his window after the chase began.

McCarthy would elude police by pulling into Millipore, with a witness allegedly seeing McCarthy ditch his car and take off into the woods.

NH State Police would be called to the scene to assist with one of their dogs.

Police would later receive a report that McCarthy allegedly took a Prescott Road resident’s vehicle without permission, according to Oswalt. Police have linked McCarthy with taking the vehicle due to eyewitness accounts of what happened. 

Police never located McCarthy, but did locate the second vehicle abandoned on Saw Mill Drive. 

As of Wednesday morning, police have yet to locate or formally charge McCarthy. 

New Ipswich police also may be pursuing charges, according to Lt. Michael Abel, but are still working with Jaffrey police to confirm the suspect.

“We are confident enough to say it happened, but it’s still under investigation,” said Abel. “We are working with Jaffrey police for a positive identification on the suspect.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.